Obituary Notices and Memorials


NASH, Betty Lou Peterson
NASH, Betty Lou (Peterson) Born in Bemidji, Minn. on Feb. 1, 1924 and passed away in Simi Valley, Calif. on June 25, 2016, at the age of 92. Betty Lou was an exceptionally bright student who loved to read and skipped several grades. Betty Lou put herself through college by working first as a clerk at a drug store and later as an assistant at a newspaper. She graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota with a degree in journalism. While working at a newspaper, Betty Lou met Max H. Nash, a decorated World War II veteran who had sought the newspaper's help on his campaign to be elected Alderman. Betty Lou and Max were married on March 29, 1948 and shortly thereafter the newlyweds left their families and friends in search of a better life in sunny Southern Calif. Betty Lou and Max journeyed across the United States in a Nash Rambler towing a small trailer that was their home. Betty Lou and Max used the G.I. Bill to purchase their first home in Tarzana, Calif., and Max owned and operated a bar in downtown Los Angeles. In 1950, Betty Lou and Max purchased a home and land in Antelope Acres where Max built and operated a small chicken ranch and where all three of their children were born. Betty Lou was elated to find a great job with Convair (a former aviation company), where she was responsible for writing the company newsletter. At one point, she independently prepared for and passed the California first year law students exam ('Baby Bar') but decided to stick with journalism and public relations. Ultimately, Max and Betty Lou built a home in Lancaster where Max developed a successful career as a real estate broker and land dealer. In addition to raising three active children, taking care of her husband and maintaining their home, Mrs. Nash had a distinguished career in journalism and public relations. Mrs. Nash worked as a journalist for a local newspaper, and was the Director of Student Activities/Public Relations for Antelope Valley College from 1977-1989. Betty Lou was appointed Commissioner on the Lancaster Parks, Recreation and Arts Commission and served in that capacity from 1984 to 1988. Mrs. Nash was elected to three terms as Trustee, including serving one term as President, on the Antelope Valley College Board of Trustees from 1989 -2000. Never idle, Betty Lou spent a lifetime enjoying and promoting the performing arts. Betty Lou and Max truly enjoyed attending concerts, plays and choral performances and introducing their children to the joys of the performing arts. Mrs. Nash served as President of the Antelope Valley Symphony Association and as President of the Antelope Valley Arts Council from 1991-1994. Mrs. Nash was instrumental in generating interest in and the funding for the Lancaster Performing Arts Center that opened in 1991. The grand piano donated by Betty Lou and Max still graces the stage today. Recognition for Betty Lou's service to the community includes the Antelope Valley College Achievement Award for College Service in 2004 and the first ever Lancaster Lifetime Arts Achievement Award in 1997. When Max passed away in 2009, Betty Lou moved to Vintage Assisted Living in Simi Valley to be closer to her family. She continued to enjoy family gatherings and took a great interest in world affairs. Betty Lou will not only be remembered as a strong patron of the arts and civic minded leader, but also as a loving wife and the matriarch of our family who showered her family with her love, devotion and wisdom. Betty Lou is survived by her daughter Julie Smith and son-in-law Paul St. John of Yorba Linda, daughter Eileen Nash Tindall and son-in-law Ken Tindall of Simi Valley, son David Nash and daughter-in-law Laura Nash of Studio City, grandchildren Justin Smith, Lauren Smith, Valerie Gordon and Katie Nash, step-grandson Adam Tindall and great-grandson Jackson Smith. There will be a private, family celebration of life. Donations in honor of Betty Lou Nash may be made to: Antelope Valley College Foundation, Betty Lou Nash Performing Arts Endowment 3041 West Ave K Lancaster, CA 93536 661 722 5300 x6769

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