Betty was born in Electra, Texas on June 17, 1931 to Eula Christine Andrues & Herman Grady Shipp. She was the oldest of three children; she had a brother, Phil, 4 years younger and a half-sister, Judy, 12 years younger from her mother's second marriage to Lloyd Wilson. The family moved to California in 1936 and settled in Los Angeles. They eventually moved to Glendale where Betty attended John Muir Elementary, Roosevelt Junior High and graduated from Hoover High School in 1948.
Betty married Jim Merriken in 1950. They had two children but eventually divorced in 1966. She married again in 1971 to George Musacco. They were happily married until he passed in 2004.
Betty was very artistic and spent many years in her mother’s craft store where she helped to teach classes including decoupage, paper mache & cake decorating. She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting and knitting. Her family and friends were the recipients of many afghans, scarves & baby blankets over the years. A more recent activity that brought her a lot of joy was bible journaling with her friends from La Crescenta Presbyterian Church.
She studied and performed Hawaiian dancing from 1976 – 1986. She made most all her costumes and had an amazing collection.
Betty was very community service oriented and was active in the Glendale College Patron’s Club and volunteered with the Assistance League of Glendale.
Betty was a caring and loving person. Her family always came first, and she always did what she could to ensure their happiness and well-being. She had a beautiful smile that would light up the room.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband George in 2004.
She is survived by her sons Michael Merriken (Jeni), Dr. Michael Musacco (Allison), daughters Mindy Waldhauser & Cheryl Thomas, grandchildren, Stephen & Daniel Cates (Katie), Shannon & Karen Thomas, Christy & Cassidy Merriken, Nicholas Musacco (Kristen), Ami & Wade Waldhauser, TJ, Tyler & Trevor Asten, & great-granddaughter Josie Cates, brother Phil Shipp (Marianne) and sister Judy Wilson.
Funeral Service was held for Betty on February 12, 2020 at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills and she was laid to rest with her beloved George.
Bonham Bros & Stewart Mortuary and Cremation Service assisted the family.
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