2014-11-27 / Obituaries

Elizabeth “Betty” Saunders

Elizabeth “Betty” Saunders was born on Nov. 23, 1920, at Columbia Hospital in Washington, D.C.

She was the only child of Horace Eppley Blair and Dorothy White. Betty’s father and grandmother worked at the Sheetz Candy Store in Washington, D.C.

In 1921, Eli Sheetz gave Betty’s grandmother the franchise to open Martha Washington Candy stores on the West Coast in California. They moved first to San Francisco and then to Los Angeles, where her grandmother opened a Martha Washington Chocolate store.

Betty’s father and mother opened a little candy store of their own on Hollywood Blvd.called the Colonial Maid. They later opened a restaurant called the Orange Grove Restaurant. The restaurant later became known as “Blairs.” The restaurant remained in operation until sometime in the 1960s. Both of Betty’s parents passed away in the early 1970s.

Betty worked as a clerk typist during World War II for the U.S. War Department, Material Command Western Procurement District; at Douglas Aircraft; and the United States Army Air Force Air Tech Service Command Western Division at Douglas Aircraft.

Betty later attended Wright MacMahon Secretarial School for one and a half years, and she also attended the University of Southern California for one and a half years. She held various jobs, mostly as a stenographer in the Los Angeles area. She worked for the General Steamship Corporation, Texaco Inc., and later retired from the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI.

Betty married Norris E. Saunders, whom she met while working at Texaco, Inc. in Los Angeles, on March 15, 1981. They moved to Mariposa that year and lived in a house on Leonard Road for the next 30 years.

In 2011, the couple relocated to Stockton to be closer to medical facilities and relatives.

Betty passed away on Sept. 1, 2014, just shy of eight months after her husband, Norris E. Saunders, who died on Jan. 10, 2014. Both she and Norris are interred at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif.

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