Bettye (Bea) Ganalon returned to God on November 3, 2007. Bettye was born in Sonora, CA in 1927 and has been a resident of Torrance since 1973. She is survived by her loving family: husband, Bud; daughter Bernadette; son, Steve; and her new loves: daughter-in-law, Jennifer and grandsons Shane, Luke and Miles. She also leaves behind many special family members and loving friends. Bettye adored her grandsons, and enjoyed traveling throughout the world and the United States with Bud. She loved singing, especially American Standards. Bettye was very active in her church until ill health kept her away, but she remained a devout worshipper of the Lord. Bettye touched so many lives with her generous and compassionate spirit. She will be in our hearts forever. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, honor Bettye's memory with a contribution to the Southern California Affiliate of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, or the Oralingua School for the Hearing Impaired in honor of her grandson, Miles Ganalon. Please sign the guest book at Please go to the mortuary's website, Send the family messages, share memories, obtain directions to services, and check back to view the online video tribute.

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  1. Bettye was the kind of woman that you only needed to meet once to be touched for the rest of your life. That is what happened to my daughter Margaret. She was 8 when she met Bettye, and Bettye made Margaret feel so important just by sitting and having a sweet conversation with her. For weeks afterwards, Margaret kept talking about the nice lady at Aunt Michele and Uncle Jeff’s house. Two weeks later, Margaret received a special package in the mail from Bettye. In the package was a beautiful pin of a Hawaiin girl. Margaret still keeps that pin in her special place with only cherished gifts. We will always remember the “nice lady” named Bettye who cared enough to make a lasting memory for our daughter.

  2. Bettye will always be remembered by me and my family for her caring, love and kindness and for all the good times we shared together. We loved her and will miss her deeply. Our sincere sympathy goes out to Bud and his entire family

  3. Bettye managed to touch our lives and find a special place in our hearts from the moment we met her. We will forever be grateful to Bettye and Bud for raising such a wonderful son, that we proudly call our son-in-law. Our families blended into one immediately. We will help to make sure our grandsons always remember what an incredible grandma Bettye was to them. We will miss Bettye’s love and laughter at family occassions. Bettye’s smile could light up the room! She was a wonderful woman in so many ways, and she will truly be missed by everyone. Our Love, Bonnie & Dennis

  4. We would like to send Bud, Steve, Bernie, Jen, Shane, Luke, Miles and the rest of the Ganalon family all of our love and our prayers. We hope your wonderful memories of Bettye will bring you comfort and peace.

  5. Bud,we are so sorry to hear about Bettye. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bettye was a very dear friend and will be missed by many. LOVE Neil & Ethel

  6. Bud and Bettye warmly welcomed us as part of their extended family when Steve and Jenny married. Bettye always had a kind word, warm smile and big hug to give everyone at our family gatherings. She was a devoted grandmother to her grandsons and loved watching Shane, Luke & Miles with all their cousins. Our deepest sympathy and love to Bud, Steve, Bernie, Jenny, and the boys. She will remembered fondly and greatly missed. Love, Jeff and Michele Bethel

  7. Steve, Jen, we are so very sorry to hear about the loss of Steve’s Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this very difficult time. The Bradley Family

  8. Dear Bud & family, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Bettye my sympathy goes out to you all. She will be missed by everyone who lived close to her and of course thoughts of her for us that live further away. Take Care thru this time of sorrow. Sincerely, Betty Carlson, Karen & Vickie

  9. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Bud, Berni, Steve, Jenny and boys. I met Bettye a few times and I can remember her beautiful smile and kindness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Bettye was my friend from the choir at Pacific View Baptist Church. I have missed her warmth and enthusiasm since her health prevented her from singing with us. She was so thoughtful and generous that she would often buy jewelry pins that reminded her of me and present them as a gift for no special reason. You know she gave just because she wanted to! She loved to sing and it didn’t matter if she was in the choir, she would still move with the music and smile from ear to ear. What a delightful person she was! I am sad for your loss, Bud and family,I know you miss her terribly. But I am comforted to know that she will be waiting for me in heaven and we will have a great time for eternity singing God’s praise together.

  11. Dear Bud, Our love and prayers are with you. Bettye was so lovely and a delight to be with at Bethel family occasions. She so enjoyed her life and travel adventures with you. We will remember her warm smile and friendship. Love, Stan and Thelma

  12. Me and my family moved from Torrance 2 years ago. We were members at Pacific View Baptist Church for 10 years. Betty served in VBS with me for several years and rocked the babies for Moms Together. I adored Betty! One Sunday I made a comment that I loved her Mickey Mouse watch. The next Sunday she brought me a Minnie Mouse watch. A little while later, she gave a broach that she thought looked like me. My prayers are with you all. Let the Lord rain his comfort and love upon you. She is smiling in the face of God.

  13. Steve,Jenny and family, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Please know that we are thinking of you. Our prayers are with you.

  14. Mr. Ganalon and Family our prayers are with you all, we will never forget the warmth and thoughfulness that Bettye shared with us, specially those years we worked together at DCASR. Bettye was an example to me when it came to taking care of the family, the way she looked after you Mr. Ganalon and your family was a role model to me. God bless you and your family. Love Sandy and Danny Cortez

  15. Our deepest sympathy to Bud,Bernedette,Steve,Jenny,Shane,Luke, and Miles. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bettye was a very special and precious lady and will always be remembered by her lovely smile and thoughtfulness and love for the Lord. We are all going to miss her very much. The confort thought we can all share together is the reunion we will have with her in heaven. May the Lord confort you and your family. Our Love, Ted and Betty San Juan and Family.

  16. Aunty always gave with her heart. It didn’t matter what is was, how great or how less. Her motto was it was better to give then receive. Now she is jumping up and down worshiping Jesus and Abba Daddy! God Bless!

  17. Our warmest condolences goes out to Bud, Steve, Bernie, Jenny, Luke, Miles and Shane. We’ll always remember Bettye with open arms and a beautiful smile that would always brighten up our day. Bettye had a giving spirit and a big heart. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Sent with love and remembrance, Jason and Shannon

  18. Dear Bud, We are so very sorry for your loss of Bettye. Although we did not know her well, we considered her such a sweet lady, always smiling and gracious. She leaves a big empty place in your family, we know. We will all miss her, and we share your sorrow. With love, sympathy and our sincere prayers, Sharon and Lloyd Almand (Jenny’s aunt and uncle)

  19. Steve, Jenny and family, As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of your beloved mother and grandmother. With caring thoughts, Humberto and Yvonne Veloso (Shannon Bethel’s parents)

  20. Dear Bud, I am writing for Richard and our entire family that had the privlege of meeing your cherished and lovely wife. I know that words can not fill the pain, but we want you to know that you will be in our prayers and in our heart. Pat Barberis Richard

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