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89, passed away on Saturday, March 24, at Friendship Village. Betty, born in Coshocton, Ohio, moved to Arizona as a newlywed, with her husband, John, and began a career in public relations and television. However, her greatest achievements and joys were her five children, 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In 1960 Betty was Director of Community Club Awards for KTAR radio. In the Fall of 1960, she auditioned for the host of KPHO's "Open House", targeting the female audience. "Open House" debuted in January 1961, and Betty interviewed such Hollywood celebrities as Lorne Greene, Myrna Loy, Eileen Brennan and Dear Abbey. In 1962, Betty was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Female Performer by the Phoenix Chapter of the National Academy Television Arts & Sciences. In 1973 Betty returned to the airwaves, after a short departure, on KTVK-TV 3 as host of Home Fair. In 2008, Betty was inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, John; her children Susan Carlson (Bill), Tim Waters (Janie) of Longmont, Colorado, Melinda Burke (Bruce) of Tucson, Mark Waters (Connie) and Chris Edmonds-Waters (Dan) of San Francisco, California, her most precious grandchildren and great grandchildren. A golfer, traveler, swing band dancer, and above all, a lover of people, she will be missed. A memorial service will be held at Friendship Village, 2625 E. Southern Ave, Tempe, in Skirm Auditorium at 3:00 pm, on April 6, Good Friday. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Friendship Village Tempe Foundation, same address.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 1, 2012