Betty LaMay Laughlin (1925 - 2018)

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Betty LaMay Laughin
September 10, 1925 - May 14, 2018
Betty LaMay Laughlin went to be with her Lord and Savior as she peacefully slept on May 14. She longed to be reunited with her dear husband, Dick who passed in November 2017. We rejoice that she has been able to share in God's promise to be reunited with him and other family who preceded her to the glorious riches of life in Heaven.
Betty is preceded in passing by her parents Florian and Bertha and sister Flora Hoeffer and her beloved husband Richard. She is survived by her children, Nancy Edmiston (Merced, CA), son Robert (Bob) Laughlin (Carlsbad, CA), brother Paul Stark (Osark, Missouri), grand children Becky Johnson (Walnut Creek, CA), Russ Edmiston (Woodbridge, VA), Tyler Laughlin (Carlsbad, CA) and Emma Laughlin (Rocklin, CA) and great grandsons Noah and Caleb Edmiston (VA).
Betty was the third child born to Florian Joseph and Bertha Stark. She grew up in Richmond, CA where she attended local schools until going to UC Berkeley. She was involved in Girl Scouts, piano lessons and with her family very involved in many activities at First Presbyterian Church in Richmond attending services, youth group and mid-week family services. She fondly recalled family times including a trip to the East coast, summer church family camps, Standard Oil picnics, holidays and visits with family and friends, the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1940 and spending time with her aunt Sophie Smith and her father's family. These memories included several cousins with whom she remained in touch throughout her life.
During her years at Richmond High School, Betty was involved in various class activities. She was a member of the honor society, sang in the choir and small choral groups and held a variety of class offices. She was quite a popular young lady, having many beaus until she met Richard, the love of her life in a class at UC Berkeley in May of 1944. Newly commissioned Ensign Laughlin and Betty were married in May 1945 in Richmond, CA just before Dick shipped off on a WW2 troop transport from San Diego.
As a UC Berkeley student, Betty was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. During her years as both a wife and mom, she participated regularly in local chapters of the PEO, most notably in San Mateo and Turlock. Known for her gift of hospitality, Betty was frequently engaged in school, community and church events involving the service of good food and encouraging conversation.
Richard and Betty were sincerely devoted to one another during their 72 plus wonderful years together. They began their married life in Berkeley at the end of WW2, prior to moving to El Cerrito, Bellevue, WA, Walnut Creek, CA, and then San Mateo where they lived for 50+years. In 2007, they left their "home with a view from the hill" and retired to Covenant Village, Turlock. They spent many memorable vacations camping at Yosemite and Pinecrest, time at Glenbrook, NV and Palm Desert with family and friends. They celebrated anniversaries and birthdays weeks at their special places in Carmel and Hawaii.
A devoted wife and mother, Betty volunteered her time regularly, served on various PTA's at her children's schools, was a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout den mother. She was always active in the Presbyterian Churches in Richmond, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, San Mateo and Turlock participating in Women's Circle, Mariner activities and service as a Deacon.
Her hobbies included sewing and various needlework activities, gardening, bridge, playing the piano and singing in church choirs. As an "empty nester", she became quite involved in following the genealogy of her and Richard's families, which was a passion that took them on trips to Nova Scotia, Boston, Germany, and Scotland researching family history.
A service of celebration will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Turlock, 2619 N. Berkeley Ave at 11 am, Saturday, June 30th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a , Covenant Hospice of Turlock, the Covenant Village Benevolence Fund or PEO Foundation 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IO 50312.

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First Presbyterian Church
2619 N Berkeley Ave
Turlock, CA 95382
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Published in the Modesto Bee on June 14, 2018
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