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Betty Jane Lang


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Betty Jane Lang Obituary
May 23, 1926 - July 21, 2016 Betty Jane Lang, a long-time resident of Newport Beach, passed away on July 21, at the age of 90. Born in Los Angeles, the only child of Charles Gordon Fortune and Ruth Marian Tosh, Betty grew up in South Gate and attended Huntington Park High School. Her college years were spent at UCLA where she embraced sorority life, serving as president of Alpha Gamma Delta her Junior year and graduating with a degree in Elementary Education in 1948. Following graduation, Betty took a teaching position on Long Island, New York to be closer to her future husband, David Wall Lang, a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD). Betty relished her East Coast life, frequenting NYC for Broadway performances and spending weekends with David, attending football games, dances and his Navy crew races. In 1952 the couple married and David entered the U.S. Air Force, after graduating from Annapolis. They were stationed the first year of their marriage in Biloxi, MS and then Cocoa Beach, FL. From 1953-1955 the couple lived in Germany where David served as a missile guidance systems officer. In 1956 Betty and David returned to California, settling in Arcadia. David pursued a career in aerospace; Betty became a model homemaker and engaged herself in local charities and volunteer work. In 1963 she and David and their two children moved to Newport Beach. Betty resumed her teaching career, working as a substitute teacher for Newport-Mesa Unified School District. She also became active in the community, most notably as an early member of Cameo Philharmonic Committee, one of several committees that support the Orange County Philharmonic Society to bring music to children and youth. "B.J.", as she was known by her many friends and acquaintances, lived life to the fullest. She had boundless energy and was always up for an adventure. Betty shared many pastimes with David, including boating and golf. She was an enthusiastic first mate and encouraged David in all of his yachting pursuits. Both were active members of Balboa Yacht Club. Travel was a passion bordering on addiction. Betty always had several trips "in the hopper" and succeeded in visiting every destination on her bucket list with the exception of Japan. She traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and set foot on every continent but Antarctica. In the final months of her life, Betty enjoyed a 77-day cruise to Australia and celebrated her 90th birthday with family on a steamboat cruise up the Mississippi River. Betty was an inspiration to all around her and had a youthful exuberance that belied her years. She was sharp as a tack and kept up with current events. Betty was a competitive bridge player and an avid reader. She enjoyed gardening, was a skilled cook and appreciated a good cold dry martini. A sorority girl at heart, Betty valued her many close female friendships. She delighted in social engagement and embodied the graciousness of her era. If there is a heaven, Betty's would be the set of Downton Abbey. Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, David Wall Lang. She is survived by her son Jeffrey and daughter Kathryn Mary Lang (Mark Borden). She is also survived by her niece Nancy Elizabeth Lang and nephews Stephen Wall Lang (Sue) and Robert "Rocky" William Lang.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 27 to July 29, 2016
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