August 9, 1928 ~ August 22, 2019
Val was born In Los Angeles to William and Constance Beatty. She had an older sister Marie and younger brother Bill. When Val was 9 and 10 years old, she and Marie spent two wonderful years in Ouray, Colorado living with her maternal grandparents, the Franz family. It is here she began her love of the outdoors and animals. Val attended Manual Arts High School and then graduated from UCLA in 1950. She developed life-long friendships with the ladies she lived with at the Helen Matthewson Club and her physical education classmates. Val was self-driven and worked extremely hard to support herself and obtain her education.
At UCLA, Val met George who was busy playing three sports and was a basketball All American under Coach John Wooden and a bronze medalist in the high jump at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. They were married in 1952. While George served in the Navy Reserves at Los Alamitos and then played professional baseball, Val was a physical education teacher at Gompers Junior High in Los Angeles. Val stopped teaching in 1957 when their first child Diana was born. They moved to their current home on Marigold Avenue in Gardena where they have lived the past 60 years. George began teaching and coaching at El Camino College, and they had two boys Jim and John.
Many years later, Val went back to teaching for another 10 years at an elementary school in Westchester. The family has been blessed to be part of the St. Anthony Church community and by their dear friendships with so many loving families from this supportive community. After retirement, Val and George helped care for their grandchildren and enjoyed travelling throughout the world, often joined by John. Their favorite trips were returning to Croatia where the family lived for a year while George coached basketball.
Val dedicated her life to her family and created a loving, happy home where everyone felt welcome. She showed her family how to work hard and always strive to do their best, to respect everyone, to have a kind and loving heart, and to be honest. She encouraged her family to be contributors and to find value and opportunity in all situations. Val created a beautiful life for George and their family.
Val had a gentle smile and an Irish twinkle in her blue eyes. She enjoyed reading and working in the garden. Val loved animals, respected our precious environment, and introduced her family to the beauty of wilderness. Val cared deeply about her friends and treasured their special relationships. We all have been blessed tremendously to have Val for 91 wonderful years
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