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Betty Witherspoon


1922 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
BETTY DERMODY WITHERSPOON
Betty passed away peacefully on May 7, 2017 at age 94. Betty was born in Ishpeming, Michigan on November 23, 1922 to Salvation Army ministers, John Dermody and Bessie Bargren. She had one sibling, Ruth Dermody Hess. She graduated from Indiana University in 1945 with a degree in Arts & Science in Education. In 1943, two years prior to her graduation, Betty married Jack L. Brushert, a Marine pilot. They were stationed in Quantico, Virginia in 1947 before being transferred to Santa Ana, California in 1948 where they began raising their 3 children. In 1950, Jack Brushert was declared Missing in Action in the Korean War. Seven years later in 1957, she married John C. Witherspoon, a retired Marine. They enjoyed their life in Orange County before moving to Sun City, California in 1990.
She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and for her sense of humor, generosity, and compassion for others.
She is survived by her 3 children, Jack L Brushert of Kamuela, HI, Barbara Bond of Laguna Beach, CA, and Kathryn Brushert of Aliso Viejo, CA., 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
The immediate family would like to invite friends and family to celebrate Betty's life on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Sun City United Methodist Church, 30220 Carmel Road, Sun City, (951) 679-1016. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Sun City United Methodist Church in Betty's memory.
Published in Press-Enterprise on May 14, 2017
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