Betty Jean Berman
Cocoa Beach, FL
On Saturday, June 7, 2014, Betty Jean Berman passed away peacefully at the Fountains Assisted Living in Melbourne, FL from natural causes. She was happy, and surrounded by many who loved and cared for her. Betty was born in Central City, NE on June 5, 1924 and had resided with her husband, Seymour Berman, at 207 Rose Dr. in Cocoa Beach since 1966. They would have been married for 70 years this December 2014.
Betty and Seymour were active in the Brevard community, owning American BB Realty in Cocoa Beach, serving on the Development Council for Circles of Care, the Brevard Veterans Memorial and many other organizations. They loved to dance and were actively involved at the Patrick AFB Officer's Club. Seymour, who died four years ago, was a retired Lt. Colonel in the USAF and served in World War II as a navigator, flying many dangerous missions in Europe, as well as helping with the Berlin Airlift. As an Air Force family, they lived in Wilmington, DE; Springfield MA, St. John's, Newfoundland, Sacramento, CA and Moses Lake, WA prior to retiring to St. Petersburg, FL in 1961. They relocated to Cocoa Beach in 1966.
Betty is survived by four children, Patricia Berman Ligon of Raleigh, NC, Michael Jay Berman and Daniel James Berman of Agana, Guam, and Thomas Harry Berman of Palm Bay, FL. Betty and Seymour had six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In addition, her sister, Donna Belle Johnson Swanda of Cozad, NE and her brother, Gary J. Johnson of Houston, TX, as well as many nieces and nephews, survive her.
Betty was an avid duplicate bridge player achieving a Gold Life Master rank. She had a great sense of humor; often making others laugh and enjoy being with her. Betty's kindness, humor and love will be greatly missed by her many friends and relatives.
She will be interred with Seymour at Arlington National Cemetery in October 2014. Donations in her name can be made to the Veterans Memorial Center; Memorial Plaza, 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy, Merritt Island, FL 32952 or to the Vitas Innovative Hospice, 4450 Eau Gallie, Ste. 250, Melbourne, FL 32934. You may sign Betty's guestbook at www.beckman-williamson.com.
Beckman Williamson Funeral Home
101 North Brevard Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on July 13, 2014