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HOWELL, Elizabeth A longtime resident of California, passed away on March 11, 2010, surrounded by her family after a short battle with cancer. Betty was born in Lynn, Ma., on March 30, 1931, the fourth child of Assadour and Maritza Bedrosian, survivors of the Armenian Genocide. She graduated from Haverhill HS at the top of her class in 1949, with a host of academic and athletic honors, and was admitted to Northeastern University in Boston on a scholarship, graduating in 1954, with a degree in mathematics and the highest honors bestowed by the College of Letters and Science. Her first job was at Lincoln Laboratories programming Whirlwind One, the first U.S. computer built at M.I.T. She earned a Masters Degree in Education from Pepperdine University in 1977, while working as a teacher at Desert HS, Edwards A.F.B., Calif., where she taught algebra and programming for 12 years, as well as championing girls athletics. Betty married Charles Howell in December 1955, and raised four devoted sons. She was a lifelong philanthropist and tireless fundraiser. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Mary Harvey, brother Peter, and son, Clay Alan Howell. She is survived by husband Charles, sons Dale, Kyle and Mark, brother Alex Bedrosian, three grandsons and a large extended family. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 10, 2010, at The Actors Gang Theatre in Culver City, Calif. Donations may be made in her name to the Aaron Diamond Aids Research Center at

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