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Profile July 5th, 2007


Betty Lepanto

Arthur McLeanBetty A. Lepanto
March 10, 1931 to June 22, 2007

On Friday June 22, 2007, Betty A. Lepanto of Escondido, California, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. A 49 year resident of Escondido she was a loving wife, devoted mother, special grandmother and beautiful friend to many.

Born in 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Betty and her parents moved to Batavia, Indiana, in 1933 where she lived on the family farm with her beloved stream behind the house. She took great pride in being a "farm girl" which provided a strong set of values that she carried throughout her life. Betty and her mother moved to Richmond, Indiana, where she attended Richmond High School. She was a member of the school choir and was recognized for her beautiful singing voice. In 1947 Betty and her mother moved to San Diego where she graduated from La Jolla High School in 1948.

Betty met her husband Ron in 1952 in San Diego. Ron, a native of the East Bronx, New York, and Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in San Diego, saw Betty while roller skating at Belmont Park and fell in love with her at first sight. It was a romance to last a lifetime. They were married in April, 1952 and lived in San Diego for six years. They both worked for First National Bank and Betty completed courses with the American Institute of Banking and was promoted to Supervisor.

In 1958, after the birth of their first son, James, they moved to Escondido. They loved the small town feel and bought a home. Their second son, Richard, was born in 1960. Betty continued her banking career while in Escondido and was employed by Home Federal Savings and Loan for a number of years, working as a Customer Service Representative.

Betty was committed to taking care of and making a difference for others throughout her lifetime. She was actively involved and devoted to many community and charitable causes. She was especially proud of her long time association with the Palomar Medical Center Auxiliary. She initially oversaw the Candy Stripers program and later became President of the Auxiliary from 1981 to 1983. In 1986 she became President of the San Diego Imperial County Council of Hospital Volunteers. She also was a devoted supporter and participant in her husband Ron's law enforcement career and many Kiwanis functions. Betty also played an active role in the Escondido Swim Club for many years and officiated for the Amateur Athletic Union and actively supported the schools her children attended. Betty later completed coursework at National University and modeled for a well known clothing company in San Diego County. She had a life time passion for music and the arts.

Betty lived a memorable and full life. She will be remembered for her generosity of spirit which radiated from everything she did. She was an intelligent and elegant woman with the warmest of hearts, the most beautiful of smiles, and an ever present sense of humor. She loved her husband with all her heart and was the "Mom" everyone should have a chance to have in their lifetime. She loved the holidays, cooking, traveling, animals and her community. She and Ron were both active members of the International Wizard of Oz Club.

We shall smile with every memory and look skyward knowing our angel is looking over us. Betty will forever be with us, Now, Then, and Always.

Betty is survived by her husband, Ron, of Escondido, sons James of San Diego, and Richard of Escondido, granddaughter Nina, of Escondido, devoted cat Lexie, and other extended family members.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to "The Betty A. Lepanto Memorial Fund" 2045 E. Lee Drive, Escondido,





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