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Betsy Dalton Blackburn


1926 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Betsy Dalton Blackburn Obituary
1926 - 2015 Betsy Dalton Blackburn passed away at her home on December 7, 2015, after a brief battle with cancer. She was 89. Betsy was born in 1926 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She attended R.J. Reynolds High School, graduating in 1943. The following year, Betsy was named Miss North Carolina, and she went on to compete in the 1944 Miss America contest in Atlantic City. Betsy married her high school sweetheart, Charles Blackburn, in 1951, and they moved to Los Angeles, where Betsy began a busy career in television commercials and modeling. In 1968, she launched her own modeling school in San Marino. She subsequently worked in the real estate field, serving as the executive director of the American Industrial Real Estate Association (AIR). Betsy is survived by her daughters Holly Blackburn, Lisa Blackburn, Lynn Roth (Virgil), and Joy Blackburn Williams (Roger), and her son David Blackburn (Diane), and by eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m. at Cabot & Sons, Pasadena.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 13, 2015
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