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Betty Palmer obituary – CA

Betty Belden Palmer December 9, 1926 – December 15, 2007 It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Betty Belden Palmer on Saturday, December 15. Born Betty Boehmke in Inwood, Iowa, to Esther and Paul Boehmke, she moved with her family to Long Beach at the age of ten. She graduated from Long Beach Poly and received her BS degree from San Jose State and her Masters degree from Stanford. She taught physical education at Excelsior High School, Norwalk CA from 1950-1956. Betty married Wayne Belden in 1951 and moved to (Tustin) Orange County. She was an avid port lady and owner and golf instructor at the Santiago Golf Course. Wayne passed away in 1977. She married William Palmer in 1981 and he preceded her in death in 1996. Betty’s life was one of volunteerism and invaluable service to Orange County, serving many charitable organizations and often chairing their boards. She received many awards from these organizations for her outstanding leadership. She is survived by a daughter, Cindy Jensen (Dennis) of Honolulu, Hawaii; and son, Paul Belden (Lisa) of Orange; granddaughters, Kimberly and Alicia Davis; and grandsons, Mathew and Joseph Belden. Also her twin sister, Beverly Gardner of Hemet. Services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange on Thursday, December 20 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, in Betty’s honor, the family suggests that you donate to the charity of your choice.