Mary E. (Betty) Garoutte
Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Garoutte passed away peacefully on January 5th after 97 blessed years. Betty was born in Avonmore, PA, to Howard and Mary Whitesell. She graduated from Grove City High School and Grove City College with a B.S. in Commerce and Secondary Education credential. She taught school, and then worked in the Registrars Office of Grove City College. During the war years she served as a Junior Hostess at the USO in town. She played cello in college and church orchestras. When the war ended, the family moved to Alhambra, CA, and Betty worked at TWA airlines until her marriage to Capt. Robert J. Garoutte. Betty and Bob raised four children in North San Gabriel: Julia (Lewis), Janice (John), Cynthia (David), and William (Gail). She greatly enjoyed time with her six grandchildren (Devony, James, Lisa, Nicole, Stephanie, Laura) and eight great-grandchildren (Tyler, Alyssa, Blaise, Roman, Riley, Cole, Brooklyn, Ryder). A natural leader, Betty always ended up heading every organization she joined. She served as Girl Scout Leader for three troops and earned an Honorary Life Award from Washington School PTA in San Gabriel. She was a member of San Marino Community Church, and served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, President of Presbyterian Women and attended Bible Study and fellowship groups. She was active in P.E.O., the National and California Associations of Parliamentarians and was President of the San Gabriel Chapter of AAUW. After Bobs death in 1980, she pursued genealogical history and joined various lineage societies, including the San Marino Chapter of NSDAR, where she held many offices, including Regent. Betty was a gracious hostess, and often hosted meetings, luncheons, and holiday parties in her home. An avid reader, she often read a book a day. She did beautiful embroidery work, knitted many clothing items for charity, played bridge, and tackled 3 crossword puzzles each morning. Her mind was sharp to the end. Betty was beloved for her gentle, sunny, and unselfish personality. She radiated quiet confidence and deep faith, and her life was an inspiration to her children and those who knew her. Betty had sold her home of 61 years and moved to Royal Oaks, Bradbury, in 2011. She died peacefully after a short illness, one month before her 98th birthday, with her family by her side. A family graveside service will be held at Rose Hills in Whittier on Thursday, January 12, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to San Marino Community Church, 1750 Virginia Road, San Marino, CA 91108.
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