Geiger, Betty (Betsy) Hunter
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Betsy passed away peacefully Thursday April 24th, 2014, surrounded by family at her home in Montecito, California. She was the daughter of Dr. Paul Mallers Hunter and Elizabeth (Betty) Hixon Hunter of San Marino, California.
Betsy was the quintessential California girl who loved the sun and sea. She grew up in the Pasadena area, and resided there most of her life. She lived her last eight years in her home in Montecito, California. Betsy graduated from UCLA with a degree in Art History, and always remained an ardent UCLA Bruin fan.
Shortly after WWII, Betsy met and married Bill Geiger, another Pasadena native and recently-returned Royal Air Force "Eagle Squadron" fighter pilot. Bill had been a P.O.W for four years in Germany before returning home in 1945. Their marriage was to last just shy of 60 years, until Bill's death in 2006.
Betsy was always happy surrounded by family and good friends. They all remember her as funny, social, and fun loving. She looked forward to vacationing in Northern Wisconsin, Idaho, and Montana. Snorkeling in Hawaii with her grandchildren, and watching their varied activities and performances, were tops on her list of joyous moments. As a horseback rider, an avid skier from Mammoth Mountain's early days, and an enthusiastic fly-fisherwoman, Betsy thoroughly enjoyed being active outdoors. She also loved playing bridge, golf, and traveling the world with her husband.
Betsy was a hard-working member of several non-profit groups in Southern California, including the Pasadena Junior League, the Pasadena Art Alliance, the Rosemary 500 Guild, and the Pasadena Guild of Children's Hospital. She was a member of Pasadena's Brookside Golf Club and Annandale Golf Club, as well as a long-standing member of the Valley Club of Montecito.
Betsy is loved and survived by her children, Dodd (and Beth), Devon (and Steve), Debra (and Eliot), and her grandchildren, Sterling (and Nate), Custis, Will, Samantha, Wyatt, and Brenna. She is also survived by her two sisters, Polly Turpin (and George), and Hunter Foster, as well as her sister-in-law Pris Milliman and brother-in-law John Frost. She will be remembered fondly, too, by her many loving nieces and nephews. We will all miss her very much!
If so desired, gifts in Betsy's memory may be made to: Eagle Mount, in Bozeman, MT, for the "Emblem" program, which helps injured veterans to learn adaptive skiing. (eaglemount.org).
Or: Search Dog Foundation, Ojai, CA, which trains rescued dogs to find people in the aftermath of national disasters. (searchdogfoundation.org).
Published in Pasadena Star-News on May 4, 2014