Betty Jane Erickson

betty erickson

February 20, 1922 ~ February 15, 2023

Born in: Mattoon, Illinois
Resided in: Manhattan Beach, California

On February 15, 2023, Betty Jane Erickson passed away – just 5 days shy of her 101st birthday.

Betty was born in her Grandmother’s home on February 20, 1922 in Mattoon, Illinois. She grew up in Orlando, Florida with her parents, Fern and William Mandelcorn, and her brother, William.

Betty was one of the first women to water ski at the legendary Cypress Gardens, where she also interacted with the masses while walking as a Southern Belle. Outside of her time as a part of Florida’s first tourist attraction, Betty loved the beach. After high school, she attended Rollins College.

Betty met and married Clinton Erickson, who was a pilot in the United States Air Force during World War 2.  They moved around many times before eventually settling in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they had three children: Marquis, Jill, and Toni. Her family grew to include six grandchildren: Graham, Weston, William, Sophia, Olivia and Jayden.  Betty also had two great grandchildren, Evan and Owen, and was an aunt to Cindy Vals and Tim Mandelcorn and a great aunt to Taylor, Trevor and Analiese. Betty also has a very dear cousin Shirley Murray that is 100!

Throughout her life, Betty had many roles. She held numerous secretarial jobs and worked for the Dayton’s corporation.  However, her true love was being a mother and a homemaker. Betty volunteered for every single one of the school activities and sports.  She also wrote a candy cookbook that pleased everyone! Her love of the Minnesota Vikings was second to none (SKOL).  She taught all her children how to water ski, and she herself skied up until she was almost 70 years old while at the family lake cabin in Minnesota.

Once they were empty nesters, Betty and Clinton traveled the world.  They loved experiencing other cultures.  After Clinton passed, she met and married Al Liske and spent many happy years travelling and enjoying cruise life.   Betty decided to downsize and moved to South Dakota.  In her final years, Betty relocated permanently to California.  She loved being able to garden year-round and visit the beach that she loved so much.  Betty had much of her family close by and she loved family gatherings.  Betty was so incredibly lucky to have two of the most amazing caregivers anyone could ever ask for.  Thank you, Mel and Kiej.

Betty will always be remembered for the smile on her face and her fiery opinion. Betty was a smart and strong woman, with an unforgettable laugh, and something delicious always baking in the oven. Most importantly, she was the very best storyteller.

Betty touched so many lives and we are all better because of her.

To honor her life, a viewing will take place on Monday, February 27, 2023, from 4:30 to 7:00 at Lighthouse Memorial Center, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance.  In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the South Coast Botanic Gardens

We will be purchasing a bench in her honor for the gardens.


Viewing: February 27, 2023 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions - Rice Center
5310 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503


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  1. candle 5My Condolences to Jill and Toni, and the rest of the family. I enjoyed many a summer with my Opa Al, and Betty at our cottage in Ontario. Betty was a natural grandmother, and always told us stories of our step cousins in California. I still remember her love of baking and travel. She will be missed.

    • It is lovely to hear from you. Mom was a wonderful woman to the end. She cherished her time in Canada. So very glad she was given that opportunity. Your dad was a wonderful man. We all loved him..

  2. candle 8It was wonderful to have Dad and Betty with us when Stephanie and Michelle were young. Opa and Oma would pick them up from school and there was always a treat before coming home. Opa would say “Don’t tell Mum you had two doughnuts- and Oma Betty was sworn to secrecy!
    RIP dear Betty – those were happy years for all of us!

    • Thank-you so very much for your kind words. Your families meant the world to mom. My kids felt the same about Opa!. hope all is well. Jill

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