Betty J. Browner (Rosenberg) of Alameda passed away on November 28, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Betty Rosenberg on May 21, 1918 in Chicago, IL, to Daisy and Abraham Rosenberg, and she had two brothers, Theodore and David.
Betty graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from California State East Bay and received a law degree at the age of 50 from the prestigious University of California Hastings School of Law where she later served on the Board of Governors.
Betty is survived by three sons; Fred of Oakland, CA, Mike (MaryKay) of Castro Valley, CA, David (Candace) of Seattle, WA, 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews - including Stephanie Oliver and Leslie Tchaikovsky, caregivers Gina and Cynthia, and her four legged companion, Maxwell. She was preceded in death by her brothers.
Betty overcame more than her share of obstacles in life, from the murder of her father as a child to recovering after a catastrophic car accident, from surviving the Great Depression to raising three sons, mostly as a single mother. She proved to be more than a match for each challenge; thriving as a realtor, creating and running a successful toy business, graduating from both college and law school, and establishing a successful family law practice. She also competed twice in the famous TransPac Yacht Race from California to Hawaii, becoming the first grandmother to ever skipper a sailboat in that event.
Throughout her journey, she was a fierce champion for underdogs of all kinds, setting an example of strength and decency that has amazed and inspired her friends and family... and will continue to do so in all the years to come.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Betty's name to the ASPCA.