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April 4, 1921 - May 29, 2015 Ann Betts Morgan, age 94, of Santa Monica died peacefully surrounded by family on May 29. She lived a long happy life enriched by family, worldwide travel, good food, a love of art and a large circle of friends. She had been ill with pulmonary disease for several years. She was born in 1921 and proud to be a native of Mitchell, SD, home of the world famous Corn Palace. Her parents Emmett Betts and Edwina Windrem Betts died when she was young. She and her sister Jane were raised by their stepmother Clara Christiansen Betts. She was on the Mitchell High School debate team with the future Senator George McGovern. She attended Pomona College from 1939-43 where she met her husband Monroe Morgan. Upon graduation in 1943 she enlisted in the US Navy and served for the duration of WWII as a WAVE in the field of pilot training. She later attended graduate school in psychology at UCLA on the GI bill. She and Monroe married in NYC in 1949; they settled in the LA area and were together until his death in 2007. She worked throughout her life as a volunteer for a wide variety of organizations and causes including the League of Women Voters, the fair housing movement in the 1960s, and as president of her local PTA. She was active in the LA arts scene as a docent at LACMA, a volunteer at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the Folk Art Council for CAFAM, and particularly as a folk art collector. The Morgans were active members in many other arts organizations including the Ethnic Arts Council, Los Amigos del Arte Popular, and the Puppeteers of America. She is survived by her children Sarah (Mark Oldani), Dan (Kathy Kerridge), and Maggie (Barry Schwartz), four grandchildren, one great grandson, her sister-in-law Saralei Farner, and many nieces and nephews. Ann's daughter Sarah was diagnosed with lymphangeoleiomyomatosis (LAM) in 1999; since then Ann actively supported the LAM Foundation, which promotes medical research, patient support, and public awareness of this rare lung disease. More information at www.thelamfoundation.org. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Ann Morgan to the LAM Foundation, 4015 Executive Park Dr., Suite 320, Cincinnati, OH 45241. A celebration in her honor will be held Saturday, June 13 in Santa Monica. Please contact [email protected] for details.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 6 to June 7, 2015
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