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Betty Shaper Lawler


1921 - 2017 Obituary Condolences




BETTY S. LAWLER (1921-2017) A memorial service for Betty S. Lawler, 95, of Chico, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 3rd at Bidwell Chapel, 341 W. Third Street, Chico, CA. Betty died peacefully on April 13, 2017 at Windchime of Chico in the Memory Care unit. Born on April 18, 1921 to B.W. and Helen S. Shaper in Loma Linda, California, she was the oldest of two children. Betty and her best friend, her sister Nannette Carter, spent their first twenty years in Redlands, CA, eventually moving to Chico together with their parents when B.W. got the job of Chico High School principal in 1941. Betty received her BS Degree in Biology from Chico State and her Masters' Degree in Natural Sciences in 1943. She joined the U.S. Naval Air Reserve in 1943, where she earned her pilot's license. She was commissioned as a Lieutenant and worked in the Hydrographic Office in Washington, D.C. during the war. She was assigned to work with an engaging Naval air navigator, Ross Lawler, from Beverly Hills, CA. Honorably discharged in April, 1946, they were married in June of that year in Chico. They lived in Southern California and in San Francisco for a time, but decided, in 1948, that Chico was the best place for them. Betty was happy to return to the town where her parents and sister lived. During their years together, Betty and Ross developed real estate in Chico and Mendocino and had several agricultural interests in and around Chico. They built a vacation home in Mendocino and had a 99-year "lease" on a house they built in Mulege, Baja California. Ross was the creative partner and Betty was the accountant. She was known to family and friends for being able to balance a ledger down to the last penny. They both enjoyed an active social life in Chico. They were part of the group that developed the Butte Creek Estates in 1962, and subsequently deeded the land to the the Butte Creek Country Club as we know it today. Betty and Ross were members of the Entre Nous Dance Club and Betty belonged to PEO and the Cosmos Club. Betty was a keen and talented bridge player. She enjoyed the competition of duplicate bridge and was a Life Master. She thoroughly enjoyed her time with all of her bridge partners who became life-long friends. Betty and Ross, who passed away in 2004, adored traveling and went on many interesting trips with family and friends. They traveled the world, making friends wherever they went. They believed deeply that our understanding and friendship with people in other countries was the best foundation for promoting world peace. They strongly believed in giving back to the Chico community. Elected in 1959, Ross served as a member of the Chico City Council for five years, including two years as mayor. Betty was very involved in Chico Meals on Wheels, that was started by her father, B.W. Shaper, in 1971 and served as its Treasurer for decades. She was very proud of the contribution her extended family, in particular, the Alvisturs, continues to make in its service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Chico Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1662, Chico, CA 95927. Contributions may also be made to the Butte Humane Society, 2580 Fair St., Chico, CA 95928. Betty is survived by her daughter, Susan Martin (Marty) of Chico, twin granddaughters Jessica Robinson and Heather Lawler, both of Chico and four great-granchildren, Mackenzie, Ethan, Nicholas and Ayden. She is also survived by her nephew, Fred Lawler, of Orland; nieces Gale Alvistur (Victor) of Chico and Jan Pelletier (Jim) of Walnut Creek; several great and great-great nieces and nephews of California, Oregon and Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Brusie Funeral Home, (530) 342-0348. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brusiefh.com
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2017
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