Betty Lou Stanley Young, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, died Jan. 2, 2021, at the age of 88-years old.
Betty Lou was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dec. 5, 1932, the youngest child of William Clinton Stanley and Sarah Martha Hunter Stanley. At the age of 9, Betty Lou, became a young survivor of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The family lived within walking distance to Hickam Field. Her memories of the attack shaped her life.
After her father retired from civil service in Pearl Harbor, the family moved to Clarkdale, Arizona, where Betty Lou graduated from high school. Upon graduating she joined the United States Navy serving in the WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, from 1951 – 1955 where she served as a clerk to a flight attendant traveling the world, transporting troops from various locations such as the Azores, Germany, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Scotland.
Betty met her husband Donald while they were both serving in the U.S. Navy. They married and began their 50-year marriage as a Navy family moving from the shores of New Jersey to Florida, and eventually to Coronado. Betty and Don had six children, raising them in Coronado.
Betty became a Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, babysitter, bowler, and softball player. She especially loved swimming and even joined the YMCA in her 80s just to swim. She was known most affectionately as Miss Betty by many a young neighbor and was always willing to care for a little one. She loved dogs, cats, especially her calico Callie, and teddy bears as much as she loved her children and her grandchildren. She held a quiet but dedicated trust in God and faithfully attended Westview Bible Church in Imperial Beach for decades. She enjoyed traveling and was fortunate to attend many Dec. 7 memorial celebrations at Pearl Harbor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sisters Helen Shavonis and Ruth Williamson. She is survived by her six children, Donna (James) DeFreece, Sandra Young, Scott (Diana) Young, Susan (Keith) Yamasaki, Bruce (Lydia) Young, and Cynthia (Richard) Feydo; her 10 grandchildren, Erin (Christopher) Mondock, Christopher (Sarah) Boyll, Scott (Diana) Young Jr., Lauren McKellips, Derrick Young, Zach (Kayla) Feydo, Chloe (Syler) Feldman, Zane (Katie) Feydo, Noah McKellips, and Josiah Young; her 13 great-grandchildren; and her sister Martha Cvijanovich; She will forever be in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, you may honor Betty by making a contribution in her memory to Westview Bible Church in Imperial Beach, California. Due to Covid-19, a service celebrating her life will be held on July 23, 2021, at Westview Bible Church, 587 Delaware Street, Imperial Beach. The time of the service has yet to be determined.