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February 13, 2014
 Dear   ,    
The sermon last week was about letting your light shine. We would like to give thanks for all the beautiful, uplifting, encouraging, and spirit-filled ways in which you do exactly that! Thanks be to God!
Fr. Rob & Mo. Lyn

 Memorial Service for Betty Jo 


    Betty Jo Brown


As we approach the time for the memorial service, I thought you might like to read this beautiful tribute that her son Rob wrote:


Betty Jo was born in Bolivar, Missouri on January 22, 1925 to Elmer Holt and Laura Elizabeth Banks.  She was originally one of five sisters (Mildred, Gladys, Beulah, Bea and Alice), and one brother (Tally).  Beulah and Tally died in the 1918 flu epidemic.  Betty Jo had one younger sister, Esther (known as Peggy Sue).  All siblings preceded her in death.

            Elmer was an itinerant Southern Baptist preacher.  Laura raised the children on a farm.  Laura died of a cerebral hemorrhage when Betty Jo was 14, and she went to live with a family from her father's church until she graduated high school, at which time she moved to Kansas City and worked as a secretary.

            Betty Jo met Robert Kendall Brown when he returned to Kansas City at the end of World War II, after serving in the Navy as a radioman on the U.S.S. Enterprise.  They were introduced by Bob's cousin, Wanda Brown, whom was a close friend of Betty's.  They had an intense and speedy courtship, and married on July 5, 1946.

            The early years of their marriage were spent in remote, rural locations in the Midwest, where Bob worked for the national weather service of federal government.  They later moved to Denver, where they lived, as Betty described, on the second story of a one story house.  While in Denver, Betty was pleased to be near her sisters, Bea, and for a short time, Mildred and Alice, as well as their children.  Her oldest niece, Wanda Hall, lived with them for a while.

             In 1955, Bob and Betty moved to Los Angeles for the weather.  Betty worked as a legal secretary.  She experienced multiple miscarriages due to endomitriosis, and while in the process of adopting a baby boy from Chicago, She became pregnant with her only child, Robert Kendall Brown, Jr., born on April 12, 1960 after fourteen years of marriage.    

            Shortly after Rob's birth, the family moved to La Mirada, where Betty enjoyed being a homemaker.  It was in La Mirada where Betty met Marcelyn Porter, the mother of Rob's lifelong friends Clegg and Jay.  In 1967, the family moved to Fullerton, followed in 1968 by the Porters.  Betty and Marcelyn's friendship endured for over 50 years.

            When Rob entered high school in 1974, Betty began working as the secretary for the Assistant City Manager of La Habra, and helped run the California Employment and Training Act program.  She worked for City of La Habra for ten years, and was proud of her work training people on government assistance with job skills allowing them to become independent.

            After a long battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, her beloved husband of 38 years died on November 29, 1984.  Betty had cared for Bob throughout his illness, mostly on her own as Rob was away at college and then law school on the east coast.  Bob was the love of her life, and she never considered dating or remarrying after his passing.

            Upon her retirement, Betty enjoyed bridge, travel and being involved with her church.  In 1992, upon the birth of her only grandchild, Katherine Alexandra Brown, Betty enjoyed being an involved grandma, spending as much time with "Lexi" as possible.

            Betty loved her family and friends.  Over the course of her adult life, she enjoyed hosting parties, particularly holiday parties where her family could gather together and enjoy each other.

            Betty will be missed for her "tell it like is" candidness, her sharp sense of humor and her love of God and life.          


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church or to            



  Photo of the Week

Drum Ken
Evidently Ken Peters is really taking to heart the admonition to "be the drum". Thanksgiving for Ken's beautiful percussive abilities and prayers for his recovery after feeling not only under the drum but under the weather on Sunday.

Upcoming Eventsl.


Saturday, February 15
11am in the church.

Saturday, February 15
3pm in Edwards Hall

Sunday at 7pm.
in the SHACK


Saturdays at 9am in Havermale Hall.



Parachute Group (support for those unemployed)

7pm Havermale Hall



10am: Prayer & Thanks

10:30: Bible Study

11am: Communion



7am  Prayers and Communion

8am Breakfast at Coco's 



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