Champlin, Betty Lou, a 60 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2011 in Torrance. Born in Magness, Arkansas, Betty was 79 when she died. She was a member of Torrance First United Methodist Church where she was active in the Methodist Women's Group and enjoyed working in the nursery during church services. Betty spent her early years raising her children and soon found herself in business with her sisters as co-owner of Bay Cities Dancewear in Lomita, retiring after 17 years. Betty is survived by her daughter, Julia Chlanda of Torrance, CA; daughter Patricia (Frank) Castillon of Murrieta, CA; sister, Dorothy Peterson of Torrance, CA; sister, Glenda (Milton) Wood of Torrance, CA; brother, Charles (Sueann) Cossey of Augusta, AR; three grandchildren: Samantha Chlanda, Cody Chlanda and Jordan Champlin; best friend Camilla Johnson and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie and Ora Bell Cossey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the memorial fund of Torrance First United Methodist Church.

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  1. Dear Champlin,Peterson & Wood Families, With a heavy heart I read of Betty’s passing. Brian and I have many years of wonderful memories with your families. My love is sent to all of you. Carolyn

  2. I am so sad to hear of Betty’s passing. I have a few favorite memories to share. The first one is the peaut butter and jelly sandwichs she made for my Friday Night children’s group at church. Needless to say, there were plenty left over. She was always so generous. I felt bad there were so many left over but she just passed them on to the outreach lunch. The second memory is the time she invited me to Sam’s play “Oklahoma”. I had such a good time. The sisters hold a very special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Love Pam

  3. I just read of Betty’s passing in tonights newspaper and I am deeply sadden. I also have fond memories of Betty and I send the family my deepest sympathy.

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