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Betty passed peacefully in her home in Newport Beach on November 13th at the age of 89. Born in Hollywood, California, Betty spent most of her youth living in Los Angeles with her mother Elizabeth "Pat" Riggs and her grandfather Albert O. Hutchins, graduating from Los Angeles High School in 1946. Beginning in the late '30s the family spent summer breaks on Balboa Island and became full-time residents on Little Balboa Island in 1947. She graduated from the University of Redlands in 1950, was an active member of Delta Kappa Psi sorority and earned a graduate degree in social work from USC in 1952. Betty married William "Bill" D. Clark in 1954 and they settled in Newport Beach. Always enjoying being on the water, they joined Newport Harbor Yacht Club in 1955 and actively raced Lehman 10's and 12's and spent countless weekends cruising to Catalina and beyond, on their boat Kismet. Betty was a dedicated volunteer, joining the Newport Harbor Service League (now the Jr. League of Orange County) in 1960 and serving as its president in '67/'68. She was active in the Children's Home Society, rising to serve on and chair the State Board, and was a founding member of the Little Garden Club of Newport Beach. Betty dearly loved her family and friends, always maintained a bright outlook on life, and held precious memories of traveling with her grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Bill in 1995 and daughter Sally in 2002. She is survived by her son David H. Clark, his wife Shelly, and grandsons Andrew and Brooks. She will be laid to rest at Pacific View Memorial Park and a Celebration of Life is being planned for a later date. Special thanks and appreciation to her wonderful and loving caregivers, especially Merly Olivares and Shiella Rato. In respect of Betty's wishes, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hoag Hospital Foundation (www.hoaghospitalfoundation.org), The Children's Home Society (www.chs-ca.org), or the Newport Harbor Sailing Foundation (www.nhsailingfoundation.com).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 22 to Nov. 29, 2017
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