Betty Collins Nichols (1922 - 2014)

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March 21, 1922 - February 19, 2014 Betty died peacefully in Briarcliff Manor, New York, with her daughter Laurie and son-in-law Doug Villepique by her side. The second of four children of Frank H. and Vida M. Collins of Villa Park, with family roots in Orange, Villa Park and Laguna Beach from the 1870's, Betty was, except for World War II service as a naval officer, a resident of Orange County until 2010 when she moved to New York to be closer to her daughter and son-in law. A graduate of UCLA, with a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University, Betty was an elementary school teacher in the Orange Unified School District, retiring in 1977. A lifelong animal lover, she also greatly enjoyed gardening and fishing from the rocks and beach at Emerald Bay. In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, Betty is survived by her younger sister, three step-grandsons and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. Interment will be at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana at a later date. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Betty be made to Best Friends Animal Society, P.O. Box 567, Kanab, Utah, 84741-0567.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2014
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