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Betty Jean Courtney


Betty Jean Courtney

went to be with our Lord at 2:41 p.m. May 16, 2013. At that time she was a patient in the Military Hospital, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

She was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Long Beach, Calif., to Augustus and Clara Ebermayer both of whom preceded her in death many years ago.

She was married Oct. 2, 1958, to Howard L. (Clint) Courtney. At the time of her demise, she and Clint were just a few months from celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary.

Prior to moving to the Big Bear Valley, Betty retired as the manager of Campbell Enterprises, a Greyhound Agency, in San Celemente, Calif. So if you were a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton in those days, she or one of her employees probably sold you a ticket on a camp bus or a Greyhound. She was the redhead that smiled at everyone when she talked to them. That's how she met Clint, he was one of those Marines. They met when he returned from duty in Hawaii, and they married 3 months later.

After moving to Big Bear, Betty worked for a short time as a proof reader for the Grizzly but her real passion was bowling. Eventually she became a league coordinator, and secretary to several leagues in the bowling establishment now known as the Bowling Barn. She and her friend, Natalie Keene, started the first Las Vegas leagues in Big Bear. Later, Betty and Clint moved to Las Vegas due to a job transfer for Clint.

Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. She touched the hearts and lives of anyone who knew her.

Betty is survived by her husband, Howard, two sons, Penn John (Sharon), Howard Lyle (Diane), a daughter, Betina Jean, seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchilden. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Tasha Dee; and a son, Jon Randolph.

There were no open services, Betty did not desire them.

If you are inclined to do something in her memory, please make a contribution to either the Wounded Warrior Project or the USO, that would be much appreciated.


"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 3:38 pm | Updated: 3:40 pm, Wed Jun 5, 2013.
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper