betty ireneeason
Betty Irene Eason, affectionately called Granchie by family and friends, was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on February 13, 1924. Born to Thomas and Irene McLiechey into a family of 11 brothers and sisters and the fifth generation descending from Sojourner Truth. Granchie was our direct link to Sojourner Truth's pioneering spirit. Everyone who ever encountered Granchie felt her love and kindness. She was "mother" and "grandmother" to so many people. Granchie lived to serve people, especially her family. Granchie was known for many things but cooking was at the top of the list. She read cookbooks like novels. During the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays, Granchie would work an eight-hour day and then come home to cook all night. She would cook for a week a feast that fed her children, grandchildren and extended family and friends. Before moving to Los Angeles in 1957, Granchie worked at Battle Creek's Community Hospital and then Leila Y. Montgomery Hospital serving patients as a nurse. Granchie enjoyed a great career at Cedars Sinai Hospital until she retired as a pharmacist assistant after 30 years. Granchie would be the first to tell you that she lived a wonderful life doing everything she ever wanted to do. She loved to travel. At one time Granchie thought nothing of driving to Las Vegas to meet friends for the weekend. Her fearless nature earned her the nickname, "Biker Betty" while cruising to Redlands or Victorville on the back of a motorcycle. Never short of heart, Granchie practiced what she preached, "Live and let live." Her life is a lesson in fortitude, gumption and joy. Granchie's 12 year-old great grandson Gabriel Curtis said it best; "She always brought the light into the room." Her past-times were as varied as were her interests. Granchie enjoyed crafts, and music. She loved her Lotto! Religiously, Granchie played her numbers every week. Granchie made time for everyone. Her charity was magnanimous and unbiased. She gave of herself freely to anyone who asked. If you were lucky, you spent time with her while she watched Notre Dame play or the Williams sisters, or the Lakers, or her beloved Dodgers. Granchie loved her sports and was a devoted fan. Granchie was so proud of her family. Whether you were wrong, right, working or broke, gay or straight, did not matter. Granchie took great pride and marveled at the love she felt from her family. She would comment frequently how blessed we were as a family. She loved for others to be in our presence and experience our family. This love was and will always be a direct reflection of Granchie. She was the example of love and family. She was the pioneer whose spirit transcended every challenge. Granchie was preceded in death by her parents and nine of her siblings. She is survived by her brother, Benjamin "Snookie" McLiechey of Battle Creek, Michigan and her three children: Curtis (Theresa), Robert (Karen), and Loretta. She cared deeply for her grandchildren as her own as well: Hardy, Mark (Taffy), Robert, Jr. (Shannon), Gabriel (Patty), Mario, and Carlos (Margarita). Granchie will also be missed by her many great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews; each held a special relationship with her. There are a great many friends, colleagues and associates who cherish their time with Granchie. Granchie entered eternal rest in the early morning of June 14th but her spirit will continue to help us to succeed in life and she will undoubtedly keep bringing the light into the room.

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  1. RIP – Mama Eason – Thank you for the love you share to All of Us – Love ❤️ you All

  2. Gary and I loved Betty. She was a major part of both of our life’s. I have known and loved her for over 35 years, there are so many great memories with her and the rest of the family she was a great woman who will be truest missed and Heaven has a wonderful Angel

  3. All my love and prayers. I only met her once but she made me feel so welcome and like I was one of her own. Such a kind and loving woman. God be with you Granchie.

  4. our heartfelt condolences to our dear extended family. we will miss granchie so very much. she was the goo in our golash that kept all of us together. let’s keep it so.

  5. To everyone in grief, and there are many, Granchie wanted us to live life and be happy. She had a wisdom that was profound and heart warming. She moved mountains with her words. Granchie’s faith in you was all the light you would need to light your darkest path. She was the friend you could share your most intimate secrets with and then dish the laughs for hours. Granchie’s laughter was infectious. She is missed. Granchie will always be the fire in my heart and the light in my sky! I love you Palsie.

  6. I meet Granchie, over 50 years ago, shortly after meeting Retta. She accepted me as another one of her “daughters”, my children, as her grandkids, and my husband, another son. We have loved her for so many years and bragged on her for being so special and loving. We enjoyed hanging out with her when we cruised the Caribbean, Alaska, and Mexico. We really missed her the last couple of years on our Laughlin trip, where she always won the cash drawings. Sam, will really miss her baking him pies, which she began doing for him after the passing of his Mom. Granchie, will always be a part of our lives for the loving and lasing impression she left on my family. We love you Granchie!!!!!

  7. What an amazing life! What an awesome woman! Thank you Hardy Keith, Auntie Lo (Madear), and the rest of that beautiful family for sharing Granchie with me for more than 20 years! She truly was and is the epitome of “LOVE and LIGHT” to me. What an incredile legacy she leaves for us all! Thank you, Granchie, for giving me unconditional love, unwavering support, inspirational encouragement, delectable food, and for calling me one of your grandsons! Loving you eternally. Christopher J. Spinks

  8. What a beautiful spirit. We love you Granchie and we will miss you so very much. You are always in our hearts. Love, Aprill, Eric, Khala, Kamera, Ben and Benji. We were so Blessed to have you in our lives.

  9. We miss you Granchie, Even though we were not there as much as we wanted to be, we want you to know that we truly love you with a love eternal and you will always be in our hearts and mind. Dorthey Mcliechey and Sam Moore

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