Elizabeth 'Betty' Holland July 24, 1937- Oct 10, 2016 Resident of Torrance Elizabeth "Betty" Holland passed away peacefully on October 10, 2016. She was 79 years old at the time of her death and passed away due to complications from COPD. Betty grew up in Chicago and attended St Philomena Commercial High School and upon graduating moved to California where she met her late husband Leonard, 'Dutch'. Betty spent nearly 40 years volunteering in the South Bay. Her volunteer activities included Girl Scout leader, St Catherine Laboure church, Torrance Farmers Market, Torrance Area Youth Band, Torrance Rose Float Association, North Torrance West Little League, Las Amigas and Las Hermanas. Together Betty and Dutch were honored as distinguished citizens by the city of Torrance in 2008 for their countless years of volunteer work in the South Bay. Betty and Dutch traveled extensively visiting Hawaii, Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska and traveled with the UCLA fan club to many UCLA football games. Betty was preceded in death by her late husband of 56 years Leonard 'Dutch'; her parents Ernst and Mary Fritz of Chicago; sisters Lillian, Loretta and brother Ernie. She is survived by her son Dale (Barbara); daughter Patti (Jeff); grandchildren Geoff, Brandon and Amanda; honorary grandchildren Jason, McKenzie and Joshua; brother Fred, of Florida Keys, Florida; sister Shirley of Indianapolis, Indiana and numerous nieces and nephews. Betty's family would like to thank Rice Mortuary; Torrance Memorial Hospital; Davis In Home Care; ACTS (All Care To Seniors) and Optimal Hospice for their support over the last year. They would also like to extend a special thank you to Kovacs-Frey Pharmacy; Dr. Maria Vollucci; Rick and Nancy Hill; Ruth and Paul Chase; Virginia and Jerry Dixon; Saleem and Ambreem Awan and other neighbors the Jacksons, Herrons, Englishs, Kestles and Kramers. To the numerous family members and friends who have recently called or checked in on Betty, your love for her has meant so much to us all. A public memorial is scheduled for Friday, November 18, 2016 at 11am at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA..A reception at the same location will immediately follow the memorial. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made in Betty's memory to Optimal Hospice 5000 E Spring St., Suite 525, Long Beach CA 90815 Phone (562) 494-7687. Please visit www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories. Sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com .
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