Betty Lou Drew

betty drew

February 27, 1927 ~ December 5, 2010

Resided in: Redondo Beach, CA

Betty Drew, a beloved "Mom", "Grandma", "G-Ma", "Aunt Betty" passed away December 5th after a long battle with congestive heart failure. She was born February 27, 1927 in Highland, CA to Jessie Brotton and Lizzie Ellis. She spent part of her childhood in Phoenix AZ, moving to San Pedro as a teenager. She married Thomas H. Drew in 1946, settling in Redondo Beach to become a homemaker and mother. Her willingness to listen, generous nature, great sense of humor and artistry will be sorely missed. Crafts, from cake decorating to knit and crochet, were her artistic outlet. Afghans and slippers, stuffed animals, baby blankets and booties would magically appear from her fingertips, her hands were seldom idle. She spent many hours at soccer and softball games, always cheering on her granddaughters and questioning the ref's abilities. She was a survivor and kept a positive attitude through the many trials in her life. Her last few weeks were spent preparing for a move to Washington state to live with her granddaughter Alina, son-in-law Jon and her adoring "Tootie", unfortunately her illness precluded the move but didn't stop her delighted anticipation. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Tommy and brothers Billy and Bobby. She is survived by her son Frank (Bobbie) of Janesville WI and daughter Melinda (Rick) of Redondo Beach, her grandchildren Alina Anderson (Jon), Kelsie Weber, Carissa Weber, Dan Drew, Tom Drew (Kelly), and Erika Drew, great grandchildren Olivia ("Tootie") Anderson, Kasey Drew-DeGarmo, Joel Drew and Laci Drew, brother Jim Brotton (Sue), and many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to son-in-law Rick, nephew Donnie, loving friends Phyllis, Sonny, Ray, Debra, and Albert. Please join the family to share memories of Betty on Saturday Dec. 11th from 1-4 at her home. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in her name to your local Salvation Army or the Little Company of Mary Foundation.

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  1. Frank, Bobbi, Dan, Tommy, & Erica, We are truly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Find peace in the memories and know that you now have a forever guardian angle. Eric, Jodi, & Lily Lathrop

  2. Although time and distance have kept me from seeing you as much as I would have liked, you were always loving, supportive, and told me like it is…whether I liked it or not, but always for my own good. You will always be my Grandma Drew and forever missed.

  3. I know Noel and I wish all the best for a family that has been blessed with such a loving mother/grandmother/great grandmother. you all have my sympahty.Bill

  4. Melinda and Rick We enjoyed our trips to visit with you and Betty. She was always so pleasant to talk to. She had many interests and handwork projects. She loved life and her family. This will be a great loss to all that knew her. She is in a better place in heaven and we will all meet her again. Wally and Ruth Goodman

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