Morgan, Betty Callan September 26, 1927 - October 19, 2012 Betty C. Morgan, beloved wife and mother passed away October 19th, 2012. Betty was born in El Paso, Texas September 26, 1927. She is the only daughter of Helen and Earl Callan. When Betty was a child, the family moved to Hollywood where she attended Sunshine Preschool and Emaculate Heart School. The Callan's then moved to Phoenix, Arizona during World War II. Growing up in Phoenix, Betty learned to ride horses, raised Bantam chickens and delivered their eggs to neighbors with her father's horse and carriage. The family moved back to Los Angeles in 1940. Betty attended Westlake School for Girls, and went on to Stephens College in Missouri, graduating with an associate of arts degree. In 1956, Betty Callan married Dr. Kenneth F. Morgan Jr. Together, they had two children, Kenneth III and Callan. Betty was always working, whether petite modeling or pursuing real estate transactions as an agent and investor. Her philanthropic endeavours were endless. She was a member of The Orphanage Guild Juniors as well as founder of the ARCS auxiliary, which later became the STARS. Betty was also a member of Les Amis, Friends of the Library, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Bel-Air Garden Club and Blue Ribbon. In 1979, she was honored with an Eve Award by The Mannequins Auxiliary of the Assistance League of Southern California for her outstanding commitment to community service. She and Ken were also world adventurers. A favorite pastime was following solar eclipses, among many other expeditions through Africa, South America and Asia. These trips always resulted in the sharing of souvenirs while watching endless slideshows with the entire family. The Morgans spent their summers on Balboa Island, in Hawaii, and Santa Monica. With the arrival of grandchildren came new traditions, including road trips to northern Idaho every summer to enjoy fly fishing, hiking and unforgettable nights by the fire. Betty will be forever missed and loved by her sweetheart of 56 years, Ken; son Kenny and his wife Robbin; daughter Callan and her husband Greg Irvin; and her five grandchildren; Taylor, Kenny and Griffin Morgan; and Brittany and Christina Irvin. As a mother and a grandmother she was devoted, supportive, generous, kind and always colorful and bright. She was surrounded by her family that she loved to be with upon her passing. Her passion and love for her family and their love for her will endure as she continues to be an everlasting presence. A celebration was held for immediate family only.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2012