Betty Joan Baer Martin, a long-time resident and advocate of Hermosa Beach died on January 8, 2006 due to complications from the flu. She was 72. A volunteer in the city's parking office for many years, Betty was well-known at City Hall and elsewhere for her ready smile and kind demeanor. She is survived by her husband, Robert Martin of Hermosa Beach, son Kris, daughter-in-law Chi and grand daughter Asia Martin, all of Long Beach, as well as many of Robert's cousins, nieces, nephews, and their children, all of whom will miss "Aunt Betty". Born in Stockton, CA, Betty spent her formative years in Los Angeles, where she met husband Bob while a student at John J. Audubon Junior High School. The couple celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary In 2004. Graduating from Dorsey High School in 1951, Betty went to work for the FBI in downtown Los Angeles. After the birth of their son, she devoted her time to parenting and to community activities. and she was a fixture in the Hermosa Beach Toy Drive and most recently participated in her 12th annual drive. Betty's interests were varied and vast, from sports to politics, and she spent endless hours attending to her small garden. She will be missed by family and friends alike. A viewing for family and friends will be held at the Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Friday, January 20 from 4-6pm. Memorial services will be 1pm. Saturday, January 21st at the Rice Mortuary followed by a reception in the Mortuary lighthouse reception room. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Los "Angeles Maritime Institute, Berth 84, San Pedro, CA 90731.

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  1. Roberto,Frances and I wish to express our sympathy to you and your family. Bob I know we haven’t spoken in years, but believe me when I say, I’ve thought of you and Betty throughout the years. I’ve shared, on many occasions, how I went to a friends home by the beach and went “surf” fishing. I have to give Betty credit for supporting you when you bought the Parking Area Cleaning business. I have many other memories, but I’ll save them for another time. Bob, may God by kind to you, and to your family, at this time of your loss. Your Friend, Sid Huerta

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