Betty Joan Worrell Betty Joan Backman Worrell a resident of Piedmont for 57 years passed away peacefully the afternoon of December 28, 2016 with loving family at her side. She was born May 10, 1929 in Upland, CA to Frank Albert and Martha Adelia Benson Backman, one brother pre-deceased, William (Bill) Backman. By the age of 15 she attended 11 different schools throughout the United States, as her father was a designer and engineer for Henry Kaiser. One of her two most memorable places to live was Boulder Dam City, as her father was one of the head engineers in charge of building Hoover Dam. The other was New Orleans where she and her mother were presented keys to the city from the mayor and her parents were King and Queen of the Mardi Gras. Her family returned to California. She attended Chaffey High School in Ontario, CA, was a cheerleader and graduated in 1946. She attended U.S.C. at the young age of 16 and following in her mother's footsteps was a member of the U.S.C. Tri-Delt sorority. She married Robert Alexander Worrell Jr. of Ontario, CA on August 8, 1948. They have three children; Martha Louise Worrell, Robert Douglas Worrell, Wendy Sue Connolly (David pre-deceased), with 9 loving grand children and 4 great grandchildren. They all greatly admired their mom and grandmother (GiGi). In 1965 Worrell Industries, Inc. was established in Berkeley, CA. This became a family business with a national and international reputation, as Bob was a top specialist in his field. Betty was Bob's cheerleader, they shared a lifetime of true love and were married for 58 years. Betty was a member of the Junior League. She was a dedicated volunteer for over 40 years working at the Oakland Museum's White Elephant Sale and Children's Hospital Bambino thrift store. She belonged to a luncheon/Bridge club founded by her mother, which played monthly for over 45 years. Betty had a natural talent of creating spectacular table displays during the holidays and through out the year. Betty was an avid sports fan, as was her mother. She enjoyed following our Bay Area teams through out the year. Betty and her husband Bob were members of the St. Francis Yacht Club for over 30 years, enjoying boating on San Francisco Bay and the Delta. She leaves many caring and devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, also her companion and sweet little dog Ruthie. All that knew her will miss her blue eyes, smile and wonderful demeanor! The unconditional love that she showed her family will always be remembered. Her memory will always be cherished. We love you mom. The family would like to thank all of her doctors, nurses and all of the caregivers who worked so diligently to help and comfort her.
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