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Betty Bruce (Mapp) Knox

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Betty Bruce Knox (Mapp)

Betty Bruce Knox (Mapp) passed over peacefully on April 4, 2012 at Torrance Memorial Hospital. Born December 10, 1920, she grew up as Betty Bruce Hankins from Sweeny, Texas in a loving farming family, with parents, Levi and Hester Bruce Rice and four siblings. Betty married childhood friend John Douglas Knox (Doug) in Norman, Oklahoma on December 24, 1941 and moved to Manhattan Beach, California in 1943. They raised three children, Jan Ellen, Craig Alan and Douglas Bruce, from the early 40's to the mid 60's at 637 19th Street. In addition to raising her family, Betty was socially active in the community as well as a member of the Neptunian Women's Club of Manhattan Beach. Most widely known as Mrs. Knox, Betty was a full time piano teacher to hundreds of South Bay students during her 53 years of instruction. She worked at a small music store in downtown Manhattan Beach in the early 60's and throughout the South Bay at variety of music stores including Music Mart, Colton Piano Center, Marshall Music, the Organ and Piano Center, and finally, independently, teaching from her home. She was a consummate Jazz pianist who had majored in music at the University of Oklahoma and played gigs well into her early 80's. Betty prided herself on living most of her life in South Bay cities such as Torrance, Walteria, Carson, and Manhattan Beach. Despite the loss of her parents, siblings, two husbands, and most devastating, the loss of two of her three children, Betty was always positive, interested, and enthusiastic about living. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Aunt, teacher, and friend. She was dearly loved and will be desperately missed. Betty is survived by her middle son, Craig, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held April 26th at 2 pm at the Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes.
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Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 25, 2012
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