Playa del Rey resident Betty Louise Frelinger passed away at her home Aug. 18. She was 83.

Born April 23, 1929 in Hollywood, she was the only child of Everett and Daphne Henderson. Frelinger attended San Diego Union High School and San Diego State University.

After she was romanced and fell for David “Pete” Frelinger in college, the couple were married on Jan. 27, 1952. She worked in computer systems while supporting the family while her husband attended medical school.

The couple settled in Playa del Rey where they raised five children. Frelinger always placed family first in her life with God, and served as a volunteer with the Mission Doctors Association, Knights of Malta Free Clinic, Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and Mount Saint Mary’s.

She traveled with her husband around the world to provide medical care to those in need. Among Frelinger’s loves were tap and ballroom dancing, gardening, sewing, cooking and interior design.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years and her parents. Frelinger is survived by her children: Teresa Area of Yucaipa, David Frelinger of Yucaipa, Richard Frelinger of Bakersfield, Todd Frelinger of Los Angeles and Jennifer Linzmeyer of Huntington Beach; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Playa del Rey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in her name.

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