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The Canaveral Pen Women bid a heartfelt farewell to Betty Yaroch

Betty Yaroch

1916 - 2013

Cleared for Her

Final Takeoff

Betty G. Yaroch, 96, of Palm Shores, died October 18, 2013.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, she was a retired Administrative Assistant. She was a member of the US Navy WAVES, a veteran of WWII, belonged to the National League of American Penwomen and was a volunteer with Vitas Hospice. Betty was the author of Cleared for Takeoff, the story of her experiences in World War II when she served as an air traffic controller at Pensacola, Florida.

Betty was an accomplished musician and often shared her talents on the keyboard and piano with the Brevard County, Florida community.

Betty is survived by her sons, Tom and Richard Miller; daughters, Roberta (Robert) Wallace, Patti Miller and Marcia (Hugh) Doran; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter Ava; stepson, James (Satoko) Yaroch; and stepdaughter, Joy (Bill) Orr. She is predeceased by her husband Jack.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 26, 1 pm - 2 pm. funeral services will follow at 2 pm at Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, at the corner of U.S. 1 and Palmetto.

A reception will follow from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Palm Shores Town Hall, 5030 Paul Hurtt Lane, Palm Shores, FL 32940



Betty Yaroch

From Valerie Allen: Betty was an enjoyable person to be around. Several times she volunteered to play music at the Authors for Authors book fairs in Brevard County, FL. She also liked volunteering her talents at senior centers. Betty recently told me, "I love going there and playing for the old folks." She was one talented lady with quite a sense of humor!

From Anna Flowers: Betty was a remarkably talented lady who was a fine addition to our Cape Canaveral Pen Women group. Sitting square shouldered at her piano, there was no question of who was in charge as she brought us, and many others, hours of enjoyment with her music. After a full and accomplished life, she has now cleared earth on the way to her greatest adventure.  

From Carmen Beecher: Betty once said to me, "People are always criticizing young girls and the way they dress. I think they are just darling, and if I were young, I would dress the same way!" She was such a delightful, cheerful, giving person, and I will miss her very much.

From Jean Thomas: Betty was someone I looked forward to seeing at our meetings. She always had a smile and a kind word. She held a special place for me because she reminded me a little of my mother (who worked at the air post, like Betty, during WWII). Betty played a wicked keyboard, too. She was always on the go, ready to share her music with us as well as others who couldn't get out to a concert. Betty, I'm sure, has taken off and is flying high. We love you Betty, Godspeed.

From  JoAnna O'Keefe: Our dear Betty: kind, gentle and strong, reminded me of my own mother who died at 99 this past March. I always felt love when in Betty's presence, she beamed such light. It's been said, but there certainly is something special about the folks from the Greatest Generation... may their wisdom and commitment and love of America live on in all of us.

I will always remember Betty’s smile, the way it lit up a room. She was a woman to admire, from her service in the Navy Waves in World War II and her dedication to her community here in Brevard County. She epitomizes the term Greatest Generation, and she will be missed. Farewell, Betty, as you embark on your Final Takeoff,

           With love, Mia Crews

From Mary Dall: Betty will be sorely missed. She was an inspiration to many. We Pen Women often mused at how in her 90s she continued to entertain and play music "for the old folks" at the elder care residences. I had the pleasure of her company when I'd pick her up or drop her off after some of the Pen Women functions and she always said how she enjoyed being surrounded by such talented women. Betty was quite supportive of the Cape Canaveral Branch and was delighted to play the keyboard for some of our events. Her enthusiasm was contagious. She inspired us to always "think young." Betty, we are glad to have known you!