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Betty Jane Mckenzie Halman

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Betty Jane Mckenzie Halman Obituary
BETTY JANE MCKENZIE HALMAN Just two weeks after her 89th birthday, Betty passed away peacefully on October 8, 2012. She was surrounded by loved ones the entire week prior to her passing. Born in Wichita, KS on September 22, 1923, Betty prevailed through the Great Depression and World War II with the grace and dignity she continued to carry on through much better times. With eight children, a loving, 51-year-long marriage to dairyman Jack Halman, a devoted career in education, she had many better times. Jack and Betty Halman moved to the Valley in 1949. In her generation, when most women's careers came to a close after starting a family, Betty started hers after her children. At the age of 45, Betty enrolled in college to study education and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal State San Bernardino in Early Childhood Studies. She went on to become a teacher at St. James Academy in Perris. She completed her career as one of the most requested elementary school substitute teachers in the San Jacinto Unified School District. She stayed active during her retirement enjoying her grand-children, creating pressed flower cards and scrapbooking, reading everything she could get a hold of, exercised at water aerobics classes and loved music and dance concerts. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack A. Halman in 1996 and is survived by her eight children and their spouses: Mary Clare McIntyre (David), Sue Halman, Jeanne Halman (Danny), Tom Halman (Cynthia), Patricia Halman-Menne (Bryan), Jerry Halman, John Halman, Mark Halman (Christina), five grandchildren, Wade, Ryan, Jena, Gunnar, Torrey, and one great-granddaughter, Kaile'a. A few of the most celebrated memories about Betty during her life were her love for all kinds of music, her dedication to instilling a love of learning and reading in children, and her un-wavering commitment to living the Golden Rule (in 'doing unto others as one would have others do to you'). Although Betty often exhibited shyness on the outside, she was always kind to everyone and had a great big generous heart and lots of love for all of humanity. Please join us in continuing to celebrating Betty's life hereafter - our mother, teacher and friend - at a very special celebration of her life in the Reception Room at Hemet Valley Mortuary on Saturday, November 17, 2012 between 1:00 - 5:00 pm.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 28, 2012
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