A beautiful life devoted to family and community service has come to a peaceful close. Betty-Jane Mallery (91) of Manhattan Beach passed away in her home on April 27, 2011. She was born in Los Angeles on January 7, 1920 to parents Herbert and Rena Culler. She graduated from Manual Arts High School (1938) and Los Angeles City College. In 1955, Mrs. Mallery, her husband and their four children, Renelle, Clarke, Sharen and Michelle, moved into the summer home of her late grandfather, George H. Peck, in Manhattan Beach. Peck was the developer of the northern part of Manhattan Beach. Betty would spend almost 40 years as a serving member of the Manhattan Beach Historical Society. In 2002, she received the Conference of California Historical Societies Individual Award. In 1988, Betty retired after 30 years in administration at Mira Costa High School where she was a mentor, counselor and friend to generations of faculty, students and staff. She spent her retirement years in community service. Meals on Wheels (Salvation Army), South Bay Job Center, Friends of the Library, the Red Cross were all recipients of Betty's abundant energies. She was also awarded for her 18 years of service as docent of historic Lummis House in Pasadena. Betty is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Manhattan Beach Community Church for almost 60 years and served with numerous church groups all dedicated to benefiting members of the community. It is at this church her life will be celebrated at 303 So. Peck Avenue, Manhattan Beach, June 18, 2011 at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in her name. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
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Published in Daily Breeze on June 14, 2011