Betty was born in Loma Linda, California in 1923 and shortly thereafter her family moved to Solana Beach, California. In the 1950's, Betty, her husband Harold and daughter Lynda moved to their home in San Diego where Betty resided for the rest of her life.
Betty had many exciting and unique hobbies that included riding motorcycles in the 1940's and 1950's; a solo flight on a glider plane in the 1960's and bicycling across Canada in the 1970's. In 1985, Betty and her daughter Lynda became season ticket holder's for the San Diego Padres. They held those season tickets through the 2003 season. Betty still tuned in for every game on TV.
Betty and Harold had one child, Lynda who was born in 1947. Over the last several years Betty and Lynda lived only a few miles apart and spoke or met up every day. Betty has two grandchildren, Adrian Landry who currently lives in Arlington Washington and Heather Landry who lives in San Diego. She also has a great grandson Dylan Landry who lives in Darrington, Washington and a great great grandson Ashton Landry who was born October, 2016 and also in Darrington, Washington.
Betty was an animal lover throughout her life and not only had her own dogs but she also spoiled any of the neighborhood cats that would come by to visit on her back patio. She also provided at least 40 pounds of birdseed per month for lucky local birds of all types. Betty is survived by her beloved terrior Katie, who has already found a loving forever home with family friend Angela.
In 1942, Betty was hired at Solar Aircraft Company National City plant. It was typical of Betty to be resourceful in order to get this job. The company had a height requirement for being at least five feet tall. Being just shy of that requirement, she got her hair done so she would appear tall enough to land the job. It worked, and she remained with Solar for 68 years of service! She worked at a variety of Solar locations but for 60 of those years she worked at the Harbor Drive plant . Betty held various positions during her tenure at Solar with the most recent being an Assember and Deburing specialist. Betty loved going to work every day and usually arrived early. In 1997, Betty was joined by her granddaughter Heather, who currently works at Solar Turbines, Harbor Drive as a Team Leader of the Tool and Cutter Grind Department. In 2014, Solar Turbines celebrated Betty's 65th anniversary with a company wide celebration that included a Proclamation by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer making September 12, 2014, Betty Reed Day in San Diego. In September, 2009 a patio at Solar Turbines, Harbor Drive was dedicated to Betty for her 60th anniversary. A plaque is in place on the patio commemorating the distinction.