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Betty Gene Brazill Whitney

Posted By Menke Funeral & Cremation Center On November 24, 2017 @ 8:21 am In Obituary | 2 Comments

Betty Gene Brazill Whitney of Glendale, AZ passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the age of 89.

Betty was born to parents John S. and Edna L. Brazill on February 16, 1928 in Phoenix, AZ at St. Joseph’s Hospital. At two weeks of age, she moved to Glendale, AZ which became her lifelong residence. She was married to Charles Whitney on September 16, 1947. They joined Brazill Mortuary in Glendale, founded in 1926 by her father, after Charles’ discharge from the Army Air Corp. Betty assisted her husband until 1971 when she left to work in her chosen profession. Betty completed her education and worked as a registered nurse at various hospitals in the valley until she retired in February 1993.

During her life, she enjoyed her family, friends, travelling, bridge and knitting. She was also involved in a number of organizations including member of Glendale Women’s Club, past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #20 of Glendale, member of PEO Chapter C of Glendale, member of Daughters of the Nile of Phoenix, and member of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Although a widow and only child, Betty is survived by a large and loving family including daughter Michelle Neelley (Allen); sons Charles R. Whitney (Judy), John V. “Jocko” Whitney, and Brett Whitney (Cindy); granddaughters Tamara Whitney-Dungan, Lori Oberbroeckling, Erin Elbert and Ashley Laing; grandsons Richard Whitney, Ryan Whitney, and Hunter Whitney; and 22 great-grandchildren.

A private memorial will be held with the family.

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Condolence from Bob Green on November 29th, 2017 8:46 am

Brett and Cindy, Pam and I want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your mom. I have fond memories of your mom though I think I met her once or twice. Her impact on you Brett and your relationship with Cindy and all of us is something I truly respect. May she continue to shine her light on you, Cindy and Hunter and the rest of your family. We love you all and respect our friendship with you.

Bob and Pam Green

Condolence from Bill Bonsall on December 6th, 2017 12:20 pm

Dear Whitneys’ ….

I was advised of the passing of your Mom this morning … and wanted to add my heartfelt condolences to each of you on this loss. Obviously I have great, wonderful, loving memories of your Mom …. starting at a very early age. Betty was always bright and fun and loving to me ….. and her beautiful smile is etched in my mind forever.

There are a couple of especially great memories … one wherein Chuck and I were hunkered down behind the north driveway entrance (at the mortuary) and shot our pea shooters from that position and hit a very old man riding a bike on the corner heading toward Slack’s garage ….. probably 15 times (he was very slow). When we realized that the old man had turned his bike around and headed back toward us … we split. I hid under a gurney in the prep room, and Chuck somewhere in the casket inventory … and I can still remember Chuck Sr’s hand coming under the gurney to pick me up by my belt loops … he subsequently found Chuck and Chuck immediately got a spanking with a ping pong paddle .. but, thanks to Betty – I got sent home thinking that she saved my _ _ _ ! A second incident wherein she was particularly helpful was when we may have been five or six …and burned down the telephone pole behind the Baptist church. ….that really caused a big commotion with fire truck and so on …. And it was really pretty innocent on our part just a couple of guys trying to have a smoke … but, nonetheless, it was not popular with the fireman or the Baptists! I’m sure she knew … but, kept us out of the limelight for a period of time to let the dust settle and we got a talking to but nothing that hurt! (The Baptist church was not threatened at any point … in my recollection!).

At any rate, it is fun to remember many experiences and the role she played in my life. It was a formative role and I have always and will always love her for her positive influences. She will be missed, but, I will always have the above and many other great memories with her, in my heart.

I am sorry for each of you for having lost your Mom.


Bill Bonsall

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