Elizabeth “Betty” C. Walters passed away Monday, June 25, 2012, just over two weeks after her 91st birthday. Her parents James (Jim) O’Hara and Eva (Steinmetz) raised Betty in Cleveland, Ohio with her sisters Edith and Jean (all deceased). Betty’s joy of working with people began when she was a little girl helping her Dad in his Candy & Popcorn shop. At age 19 she was the first woman to work in sales for the Fuller Brush Company in Cleveland. During WWII while assembling gyroscopes for military aircraft at Jack & Heintz, Inc., her boss, Russell (deceased), became her husband for 41 years. One of many fellow women workers, Betty had a keen eye for precision and accuracy for building the instruments which helped to bring our serviceman home safely. Mom was the true “Betty Boop” of her time. Through the years, in cities from the East, Midwest and finally for the last 25 years in Las Vegas & Henderson, NV, she enjoyed helping customers with beauty products, especially Elizabeth Arden cosmetics. Many of those customers and co-workers became lifelong friends. Shortly before her retirement at the age of 82, the Vice President of Elizabeth Arden, Inc. honored Betty in 2002 for being their oldest working employee in the country. Even on her 91st birthday, Betty lamented that she wished she could still be working. She missed the excitement of meeting new people and hearing their stories. Now we will miss her stories and enthusiasm for life, laughter and fun no matter the situation we may be in.
Betty is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Walters and Rhonda Polsfut; son-in-law, Dennis Polsfut; her grandsons whom she loved and was so proud of, James and Jeron Plotnik; and her nieces, nephews and their families. Everyone who has known Betty will always keep a treasured piece of Betty’s Irish wit and humor tucked in their heart. Following cremation, Betty’s family and dear friends are planning a celebration of her life to be held in Henderson early fall. “Up, up and away” dear Betty “Boop,” you will always remain in our hearts.