Betty Jane (Gordon) Ely

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1928 - 2013

Betty Jane Ely, a 45-year resident of Saugus, CA passed away after a sudden illness on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 1, 1928 in Flint, MI to F.W. and Myrtle Gordon. When she was five years old she moved with her parents and two brothers to San Fernando, CA. The family was active in the San Fernando Presbyterian Church, where she enjoyed singing in the youth choir. She also sang in the choir at San Fernando High School, from which she graduated in 1946. Prior to her marriage, she worked at Southern California Edison in San Fernando and at Walt Disney Productions in Burbank.

Betty met her husband, Howard Ely, at a YMCA dance in Los Angeles; they were married February 9, 1957 in San Fernando. They lived in Glendale and Panorama City before moving to Saugus in 1968. She spent her children's growing-up years as a homemaker; later she worked in several local businesses, including 12 years at Scott Irvin Chevrolet. She enjoyed ballroom dancing with her husband, reading mystery novels, and spending time with her family.

Betty is survived by Howard, her husband of 56 years; daughter Diane Ely of Valencia, CA; son David Ely of Saugus, CA; brother Charles Gordon and niece Cynthia Gordon, both of Nampa, ID; and cousin Evelyn Morehead of Pasadena, CA. She also leaves her cherished lifelong friend, Lois Williams of Saugus. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Dallas Gordon.

Services and interment were held Wednesday September 4, 2013 at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, with Rev. Bill Barnes of Newhall Presbyterian Church officiating.

The Signal, September 6, 2013
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