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  1. I have been thinking of her this past year and had a gut-wrenching feeling that she had passed. I had known Bettie practically my entire life. Bettie was always up beat and cheerful and could snap me out of my pity-parties instantly. Her genuine warmth and caring, without judgement, was a quality unique to her. Although I was the age of her children, I always considered her a friend, not a parent figure. I feel a great personal loss, a void, a deep sadness, a profound ache deep in my soul. But, I take solace in knowing that I was blessed to have her in my life and that she is now in a better, happier place, free of pain. I remember when I was a kid, she would always come across the street when my Mom was cooking dinner. They would drink cheap wine and chatter about all sorts of things. Invariably, if she was at our house a little too long, her dog, Murphy, would come over and scratch at the door looking for her. I moved to the central coast 30+ years ago, but every time I went to L.A. I would make it a point to stop in and visit her. When my parents passed away she made the trips up here even though she suffered a lot of pain in her knees. Maybe she and my Mom are again sharing wine and laughing at how crazy this all is! Bettie will always hold a special place in my heart. I loved her deeply and will carry her in my heart as long as I live. I sure hope she’s there to greet me when I leave this existence, along with Murphy!

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