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Betty Jean Brombach


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Betty Jean Brombach Obituary
June 14, 1932 - January 24, 2017 Betty Jean (Clark) Brombach passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 while at home surrounded by family members. She died as a result of Parkinson's disease at the age of 84. She was diagnosed with the disease 21 years before her passing. Through great care and proper medications she lived a full life, traveling with her husband Richard (Dick) Brombach and family to 102 countries around the world. She loved cruising the oceans and rivers of Europe and Asia. Her favorite trips were with her three daughters and husbands, and 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Once a year, the entire family would go on a trip together. BJ was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Ruby Wright and Alton Driggs Clark. She was extremely close to her older sister, Geraldine, and often conversed with her over the years by phone several times a day. Along with her sister, BJ attended the University of Southern California where she met her future husband, Dick Brombach. BJ was a member of the Tri-Delta Sorority and Dick was a member of the SAE Fraternity. They fell in love in their junior year at the university. In their senior year they were pinned! The meaning of being pinned was that they were engaged to be engaged! BJ loved to go shopping! While at USC, she would go shoe shopping once a week and always had many beautiful pairs of shoes and wore the latest fashions. Betty Jean graduated with a BS degree in business. Upon graduation Dick and BJ were married at the Church of the Recessional in Glendale, California on April 10, 1954. Dick was made a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and was sent to Japan while the Korean War was still in effect. It took the United States Air Force four months to finally transport Betty Jean to Japan. She wrote to her husband every day of those four months, and he wrote her every day also! They cherished their time in Japan, making great friends and traveling to places of interest. Upon returning to the United States, they started their family of three girls. All her family felt she was the most loved, wonderful, cherished mother and grandmother in the world! She dedicated her life to her family, raising three beautiful, loving, caring daughters and assisted in the raising of 10 wonderful grandchildren. She was grateful that they could provide for the grandchildren to graduate from college with no loans to worry about. She was proud that they also now have wonderful jobs. It was common for the grandchildren to say to Gigi, "Thanks for being the best grandma that I could ever have asked for!" Betty Jean instilled in all of her children and grandchildren great strength, pride, love of family, love of music, decency and morality, honesty, integrity and a love of God! She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Richard is a Catholic. They managed the difference in religions for 62 years of wedded bliss. BJ loved to read, particularly novels about England (her heritage) and of World War II. She enjoyed attending the theater, sporting events and traveling, but most of all enjoyed time with her children and their families. There is a beautiful poem about a mother that epitomizes this warm, loving, caring woman! "More than a woman she's our dearest friend, always there when no one else is around, always giving of herself and giving her all. Someone that will never laugh at your mistakes, for your hurt becomes hers. Always standing beside you, never further behind you, as strong as an oak tree, yet as gentle as a morning rainfall and as beautiful as a sunset; everlasting beauty that will never perish!" We still feel her presence with us and can shoulder the burden of her leaving with the knowledge that someday in the future we will again be greeted and comforted by her beautiful smiling face and undying love. She is survived by her loving husband, her three children, her sister, her 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 28 to Feb. 5, 2017
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