Betty Frampton Obituary (1927 – 2022) – Bishop, CA

Betty Lorraine Frampton, longtime Mammoth and Bishop resident, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2022 with her family by her side. She was 94 years old.
Betty was born on July 3, 1927 at the Pomona Valley Hospital to Guy and Gladys Musgrove. Betty lived in Pomona and Claremont for most of her youth with her younger brother Robert.
In addition to spending time with friends and family, some of his fondest childhood memories were spent riding horses, Patches, through Pomona’s orange groves, going to movies, and working at the Pomona Library. She was hired there when she was 12 years old. She was a voracious reader.
Over the years and many moves, she has maintained close friendships with her friends dating back to kindergarten, including her best friend, Dor Johnson, whose life stories growing up with mom are fond memories.
She attended Pomona High School where she met her future husband, Gail. They started dating right after high school and were married on July 2, 1949. They were married for 69 years until his death on June 4, 2018.
After living in the Claremont area for many years, Betty and Gail moved to Westlake Village with their four children. They also lived in Mexico City and after that in Mammoth Lakes. When Gail retired they moved down the hill to Bishop where they had a nice house overlooking the Sierras. His last years were spent at Claremont.
In many ways, Betty was ahead of her time. His interests included Eastern philosophy, meditation, and civil rights. She took vitamins and cared about healthy eating long before most people. She always had a book by her side and loved talking about books, movies and art. His family was often enlisted to accompany him to rock concerts, movies, art festivals, and a variety of avant-garde events. She was one of the forces behind the creation of the Sierran Summer Festival.
Betty loved the beach and spent many wonderful summers with her family on Balboa Island. Later, she enjoyed annual trips to Maui to read on the beach and spend time with family and friends. She was also a very good tennis player and tennis enthusiast.
Above all, Betty was an amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Her family shared, “Most people think she was the most positive, caring person they’ve ever met.” A niece said: “Aunt Betty didn’t just look on the bright side, she was on the bright side. Betty said, “I made a choice at a young age to be positive and look on the bright side like my dad. followed by a laugh and a smile.
While still living in Bishop, she was interviewed by the local newspaper. Regarding her life, she said “I am extremely grateful – can you underline extremely?”
Betty is survived by her children, Cory and his wife Patty; Kevin and his partner Sandra; Darcy and her husband Lance; and Chad and his wife Kristen. her grandchildren, Caroline and her husband Ehrich; Erik and his wife Samantha; and Alec, Jordan and Ali; and great-grandchildren, Audra and Jack. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Sylvia Musgrove as well as many nieces and nephews as well as their children and extended families. She loved them all so much.
A celebration of life will be held May 21 at 3 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Betty will be buried next to her husband Gail at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Riverside, California.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to For 4 Paws, PO Box 1889, Mammoth Lakes, California 93546 or For His Children (forhischildren-ecuador.org).

Published by Inyo Register on February 5, 2022.

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