In Loving Memory of Betty Ann Blakeley
January 21, 1941 - May 14, 2020
Betty Ann Mash affectionately known as ‚Betty Boo‚ was born on January 21, 1941. to John Wesley and Lelia Elizabeth Mash. Her sister Joyce Marie Mash preceded her in death. Betty was the youngest of the 2 daughters.
Betty started her early education in 1945. at Levi Elementary School in the Kanawha County of West Virginia. She graduated from Boyd Junior High School in 1955 and graduated from DuPont High School in 1958. She attended Charleston School of Commerce in 1963 to study typing and shorthand. In 1972 Betty enrolled in Los Angeles City College (LACC) for her General Studies.
On August 7, 1959, Betty was blessed with a Babyboy named Marshall Douglas Mash. Betty moved to California with her sister in 1964. She met the love of her life, Willie Lewis Blakeley, in 1968, and they married on July 12, 1969. From this union, Crystal Marie Blakeley was born on March 17, 1970. After marrying Willie, Betty became a loving step-mother to Christine Renee Blakeley and Sherman Lewis Blakeley. She was also instrumental in raising her niece Kelli Lee and her children. Betty worked for the aerospace industry for many years and retired from Boeing, formerly known as Hughes Aircraft. After retirement, she enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts, reading the bible, and attending her water aerobics classes.
She accepted Christ and was baptized at Levi First Missionary Baptist Church in Rand, West Virginia. Betty joined St. Andrews Missionary Baptist Church in 1968. She was a faithful and active member of the Motivators, Young Adult Choir, Vice President of the Gospel Choir, Assistant Teacher of Class #4 in the
Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was also the teacher in the Youth Ministry and Retreat Committee. She sang with The Voices of St. Andrews, President of the Occidental Inspirational Choir, and a member of the HP Rachal Ecumenical Fellowship Outreach Ministry Choir. Betty worked with the Black History Program in the Providence Association, worked with the Bereavement Committee of St. Andrews, was honored as a "She-Ro" in 2015, and was honored as a Silver Jewel in 2012. Betty was the Co-Chairlady
of the Women‚s Ministry since its inception, Chairperson of Heart Awareness Day, and Chairperson of the Women‚s Day Sanctification Service.
After surviving 3 bouts with cancer, Betty was recognized as a Cancer Survivor and was instrumental in supporting many church members that were newly diagnosed with this life-changing disease. Betty was under hospice care on April 10th and was being cared for by her daughter Crystal and her grandchildren. While under hospice care, Betty was in the comfort of her own home and at peace. Betty was loved and cared for by each and every life she came in contact with; but the Lord, God Almighty deemed it time to silence the earthly life of His beloved child on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 1:45 PM, to a sweet and peaceful sleep to wait upon His return. Before Betty took her last breath, she opened her eyes, looked straight into her daughter Crystal's eyes to say her final goodbye to her.
Betty leaves to cherish her precious memories 2 children: Marshall Douglas Mash (Teresa), and Crystal Marie Blakeley; 2 step-children Christine Renee Blakeley "Cookie" and Sherman Lewis Blakeley; 2 nieces: Keli Lee (Jasmine, Tyree, Zuri, William, and Aikeylah) and Wyndi Alyce Davis; 5 cousins: Yvonne Berkley, Rodney, and Larry Booker, Richard and Melvin Davis. She also leaves to mourn 4 grandchildren: Aaron Jamal Smith, De'Wayne Moody, Christel Maree Moody, and De'Wan Marcell Moody; 2 great-grandchildren: Ka'Che Josiah Preston and Pryce Messiah Moody; she also leaves a host of friends, congregants, and neighbors who all loved her, they will miss her, and cherish her memory.