Born on June 26, 1934, in Fort Worth, Texas, daughter of Seth William and Onah Astin Barwise, Betty died April 19, 2013, after a courageous fifteen-year battle with multiple diseases.
Betty died peacefully at home surrounded by her family and husband all through her final days. She passed away, during the early morning at 3:55 a.m. with her daughter Anseth holding her hand.
Betty is survived by her husband, Buck McLean; daughter, Anseth Barwise Page Richards; son-in-law, Keith Richards; grandchildren, Sienna Astin Feerrar, Taylor, Avalon and Waverly Ann Richards; grandson-in-law, Todd Feerrar; great-granddaughter, Sage Astin Feerrar; and nieces, Onah Astin Wiley and Margaret Penn Farrell.
Betty devoted much of her life to many charity organizations and business ventures. To name a few: Las Patronas, San Diego Junior League, American Cancer Society, the opening of the Mission Play House Theater in Old Town and openings of many offices for First Affiliated Securities. She wrote a children's book and published the San Diego Social Directory. She was a model, an actress, and a flight attendant for Braniff Airways. She opened and ran First and First in Travel and she owned and operated Stallion Oaks Ranch in Descanso, a working dude ranch, restaurant, bar and hotel! She taught Sunday school at La Jolla Presbyterian Church and was later a deacon at Torrey Pines Christian Church.
Betty loved entertaining, playing cards with friends at the Beach Club, gambling, needlepoint, tennis, horseback riding, trips to Mexico and traveling the world! During her life she'd seen and done so much! She was an expert deep-sea fisherman, an accomplished sailor and a crack shot with a rifle. She had enjoyed parasailing, scuba diving, motorcycling, hot air ballooning and even riding a camel at dawn across the desserts to see the great pyramids during her favorite trip to the holy land!
Friends remember Betty as a beautiful and gracious woman who loved to entertain, shower people with gifts and excelled at etiquette! Her daughter and grandchildren will remember her as the best mother and grandmother ever! She had a kind and warm heart and a generous spirit. A legend in her day… She will surely be missed by all!
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 4:30 pm at Torrey Pines Christian Church. A Bon Voyage Reception will follow the service. Everyone is requested to wear an accent of yellow to the service and reception as it was Betty's favorite color!
In lieu of flowers, her family has requested a donation be made to the National Cheers Foundation in her name, checks made out to The National CHEERS Foundation (501c3), 5666 La Jolla Blvd. #181, La Jolla, CA 92037.