Saturday, February 12, 2011
betty garrett 1919-2011

Such a sad, sad day. As Joyce Van Patten said..."This is a hard one....The world will never be the same now that Betty is gone...." I can hardly believe I am writing these words. Dearest Betty died early this morning. She was such a positive life-force, for so very many people.... To say, my heart is broken and a light has gone out in me, doesn't really even begin to cover all that I am feeling....

So very many people loved dear Betty.....Truly Loved Her! What was not to love?

My heart goes out to her boys----Garrett and Andy---her dear sweet devoted sons...And to Karen & Katy......her two splendid loving daughters-in-law....And to the greatest "happening" in her life, her talented and amazing Granddaughter, Maddy.....

I cannot say any more right now.......





More To Come.......







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71 Comments:
had this to say:

Oh, Naomi, I am so sorry and saddened to hear of Betty's passing. Keeping you and her family in my thoughts...

Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 7:08:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Oh my!!! I'm so sorry for your loss!!!! I know how close the two of you have been.

This is going to sound weird but I thought of Betty earlier this evening. I was watching "The Fugitive" and the credits and sort of wondered if she would be in an episode because I seen her in one before.

I know this is going to be hard for you. Just remember that we're all here for you and will be waiting and keeping good thoughts and prayers for Betty, you, her family and all the others who loved her.

Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 7:33:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi,
I haven't been to blogland in many months but you have been in my thoughts. As soon as I heard about Betty's passing I had to let you know how sorry I am. I was a big fan of Betty (and Carroll O'Connor) and loved hearing about them through you. I know your heart is hurting and I am so so sorry. May you find peace.

Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 7:48:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi, I suppose we all knew this day would come, but I am so saddened by the news. I will go back to all your posts about Betty and look at her wonderful photos; such a beautiful woman in all her years. I know you are and will remain devastated. I hope your fond memories of her will sustain you in the months to come.

And now, the signed photo you got from Betty for Jim will be even more dear and precious to him. He is asleep now, and he will not take the news well. I guess if he had to have another woman in his life, I'm glad it was Betty.

Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 8:06:00 PM PST 

Anonymous Morgan
had this to say:

So very sorry for your loss...My thoughts are with you and her family at this time..what wonderful stories you have shared.

Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 11:50:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

My sympathy ..... but a lovely photo with a smiling face to remember ..... just as I'll fondly recall her first movie appearance that I ever saw in the wonderfully uplifting classic musical, "On The Town."

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 12:48:00 AM PST 

Blogger Pat
had this to say:

Just in the last ten minutes the news came through on the radio and you were my first thought. I wish I could say something that would help but you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless Betty and may she rest in peace.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2:29:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi, I was surfing the internet and saw this article about Betty's death and I immediately thought of you... So sorry to hear of Betty's sudden death...I know how much you loved her and her family... Please know that my heart is with you at this time...
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/02/13/betty-garrett-actress-film-tv-broadway-dies/?test=faces

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 3:31:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

oh Naomi..how I dreaded for this day to come,especially for you and the ladies that lunch.
Life seems not fair that we are here such a short time..though Betty has managed to touch so many lives, both with her talent and her most wonderful personality.

I wish I could hug you and cry with you but most of all I wish I could take away your pain.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 3:50:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

AS with others, I just read about Betty's passing and immediately thought of you, dear Naomi! You and her family have my condolences and prayers. Peace and strength. xox

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 4:55:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

My deepest sympathies to you - I so enjoyed meeting Betty through your 'ladies who lunch' posts. May your beautiful memories and photographs of her help you through this difficult time.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 5:16:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

My deepest sympathies Naomi. What a loss. You and the rest of her family will be in my prayers.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 6:27:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I just read about Betty's death online and had to come over and let you know how sorry I am, Naomi, that you have lost such a good friend. My thoughts are with you and her family.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 6:28:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi, I am so very sorry for the pain you must be feeling.
It seems we were just watching her at the last party. She looked so happy and I guess that is the best testiment to a long life well spent.
I am so happy you had so many years in such an enduring friendship.
My deepest sympathies to you and her fine family.
You all were so lucky to have had such a remarkable person in your lifes for so long.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 7:17:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Dear, dear Naomi, I am so so sorry for your loss. I have so enjoyed reading about Betty and about your relationship to her. Sending you love and peace.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 8:09:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

God bless and be with you.

I only knew her from the pages of your blog- and if I feel hot a hot tear welling from my eye and falling cooly down the cheek - I can only imagine what your pain must be.

You have my contact info if there is any way I can help you.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 8:14:00 AM PST 

Anonymous dana
had this to say:

Naomi! I just read of Betty's passing in the news! I am so sorry. I know how much she meant to you....such a dear friend.

Love and prayers. I'm so sorry xxx

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 8:45:00 AM PST 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

Dear Naomi,

Deepest condolences to you on the loss of your cherished friend, Betty. May the memories of all that you shared give you comfort in the days ahead. You and Betty's family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

Ann
A Fan of Your Blog

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 9:15:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Oh Naomi, I know it's been awhile since I've commented here (but I ALWAYS read your blog!) but I had to tell you how sorry I am. I fell in love with Betty through your endless stories and pictures. I secretly had hoped that one day I could meet her. Because of you, I feel I knew her. I am so very sorry for your loss my friend. My heart has broken a little.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 10:31:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi, I just saw the news about Betty and immediately thought of you. what wonderful memories you will always have. So sorry for your loss.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 10:34:00 AM PST 

Anonymous Kevin R.
had this to say:

Dear Naomi,
How lucky you were to have had such a wonderful friend. I hope the memories of that special friendship will comfort you now and all of your tomorrows.
My sincere condolences--Kevin

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 11:16:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi dear, I read about Betty in my news feeder a few minutes ago and came straight here. I'm so sorry for your loss, for I know it's a devastating one for you. I hope you can feel this hug from across the miles.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 1:23:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I just found out via Twitter that Betty has passed away,I don't even have words to say how sorry I am Aunty Em,I am crying for her family and for you. I will never forget chatting with Betty on your birthday when I called she was an incredible woman and you were SO SO blessed to have the friendship you had.
I am so sorry :( :(

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 1:30:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I am so sorry to hear of this and I know what a loss it is for you and her family. She really had a quality life and to go as she must have gone, living lie fully as she could right up to the end, that's the way we all would wish to go but it doesn't make it easier on those left behind. My condolences.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2:00:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Oh, dear Naomi, I am so sorry and very sad to hear that Betty passed away... My deepest condolences to you and her family. I am very sad for your loss...
I am without words and I have tears on my eyes...
I always enjoyed seeing Betty through your "Ladies Who Lunch" posts. I feel like I know Betty personally...
Many hugs to you my dear friend.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2:01:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi, I'm so sorry about the loss of your beloved friend, Betty. Danny Miller also posted about this sad event.
We knew her on her own merits as an actress and entertainer, but then you also brought her down to earth for us, sharing stories of your friendship, your ladies who lunch, your holiday parties.
I know your heart is heavy, and I hope that the cherished memories you have of your dear friend will help carry you through the days ahead.
Thank G-d for wonderful friends in our lifetime. So glad that Betty was one of yours.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2:06:00 PM PST 

Anonymous Randy Las Vegas
had this to say:

Hugs and Love to you at this sad moment. Words cannot express at this time - I have cherished my time with Betty over the years and the love she gave to everyone. I have kept her cards and letters in her book and re-read them today - they mean so much to me.... Know we are all here for you dear Naomi.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2:10:00 PM PST 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

I heard about Betty's death on the radio last night right before I dozed off, and until I logged onto your blog, I wasn't sure if I had dreamed the whole thing. I loved her appearances on All In The Family. Such a fine actress. Always struck me as someone I'd instantly like if I had been fortunate enough to meet her. I always loved seeing her pleasant face in your party pictures. So sorry she's gone.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2:19:00 PM PST 

Anonymous JC
had this to say:

So very sorry for you and Betty's loved ones. Hold her close in your heart and she'll never be too far away. Take care.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 3:09:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

My very first thought when I read about Betty's passing was of you, Naomi. I know how much she meant to you, and I feel deeply privileged that we were able to see her remarkably life so richly thanks to your sharing of it on your blog.

What a gift her life was, and what a joy it was to get to know her and her family through your lens and your pen. I know that words don't mean all that much right now, but please know how profoundly we all feel for you, and how we share your grief for a loss that is, on so many levels, incalculable.

May her memory always be a blessing, and may we all be wise enough to learn from her life's lessons.

Praying for her, and for you, as I tuck my family in tonight.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 3:13:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I'm so sorry for her family and friends. My prayers for them and you, dear, during this difficult time.

As it happens, last week I saw an old episode of All In The Family and one of the guest stars looked familiar. From the end credits, I learned it was Ms. Garrett and then remembered the photos from your webjournal.

Truly a small world, and she will be missed by many in it.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 3:14:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Oh no! I'm so so sorry to hear about this sad loss. I'd grown to love Betty so much through your posts. You always talked so lovingly about her. You must be beside yourself with sadness. I don't know what to say. :( :(

What a sad sad day. You and Betty's family are all in my prayers.

Sending you big hugs. (((((((((((((((((((((hug))))))))))))))))))))))

Stay strong.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 3:29:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Oh Naomi. i just heard about Betty's passing on the news! I came here right away to say how sorry I am. I know this is a huge blow and a monumental loss for you. I am holding you close in my thoughts. Love and Light across the miles. Xoxoxoxo.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 4:03:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Dear Naomi, I know there are no words. I was so very sorry to hear this news and naturally I thought of you. Such a sweet wonderful friend of yours and so many others.

I know you have lost a very close and personal friend. I'm sending you a huge HUG. You and her family have my deepest condolence.

This is so so sad and I'm so very sorry. Love and hugs dear lady. Hang in there. I'm certainly thinking of you during this difficult time.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 4:25:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Lucy alerted me that you had lost a dear friend.
I didn't know it was Betty until I came here.
What a huge, huge loss for you and for so many others who loved her so dearly.
I know there are no words that can ease the sting of death and the grief it brings. Grief is such a powerful force, and when someone so dear dies, there is a hole that does not go away.
I know you have comfort and even joy in so many years of memories, but a lifetime of knowing a wonderful person is never enough.
That's Betty's great legacy in that she lived a long life, but it was not long enough for those who loved her and knew how much dearer she became with each passing year.
I know you are heartbroken.
I feel such sadness for you and for her family.
Her sweet granddaughter has lost a mentor whose example I'm sure will guide her for the rest of her life.
I pray that God will carry you all during your grief and ease your burden. I send my love to you.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 4:51:00 PM PST 

Blogger srp
had this to say:

I am shocked and saddened and so very sorry for your loss and for her family. What a wonderful woman and actress and friend.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 6:15:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I am so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember her for the sparkle in her eyes and the zest of her performances. You will remember her for so many other things. Take comfort in knowing, we loved her from afar, but you loved her in real life and were loved in return.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 6:41:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Dearest Naomi, I read the papers this morning and saw the ...."Betty Garret, who played Sinatra's sweetheart, dies..." and I thought of you and the many many occasions both of you spent togther. I just have to come by to and give you some strength during this difficult time.

Be strong Naomi.........my deepest condolence to her family too.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 8:50:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Thinking of you. Lots of love and hugs.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 10:26:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

My heart breaks for you.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 11:18:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi, I am so sorry to hear of her passing andyour loss. Please konw that you, her and her family are in my prayers.

I've always enjoyed the stories and photos of your times together at your house. You make us all feel like a fly on the wall enjoying the times right along with you.

She was a terribly talented woman and it is obvious a wonderful friend. I'm so sorry Naomi, I truly am.

D

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 2:12:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Condolences.

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 3:57:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I have not been to visit you in a long time (far, far, too long, sadly) but I thought of you immediately on reading of your dear friend's passing this morning.
I am so sorry for your loss.

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 6:07:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I am so sorry for your loss and when I saw it posted on the AOL I came RIGHT here and thought of YOU first!!!!!!! :( You are in my thoughts and her family :(

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 7:52:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. She was an amazing actress.

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 8:36:00 AM PST 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

Such sad news, Naomi. My heart goes out to you.

I loved her in "My Sister Eileen" with Jack Lemmon.

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 10:54:00 AM PST 

Anonymous Lenore DeKoven
had this to say:

Oh Naomi how I do know how much pain you're in. A world without Betty is almost impossible to bear. Just got her wonderful spiral WHOEVER and just had a long and cosy phone call with her last week. From 3,000 miles away I send you the hugs of comfort that we all need to get through this. We should talk.

Lenore

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 3:21:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I just heard about Betty on the news and immediatly thought of you. I'm so very sorry for your loss of your dear friend. May your many memories comfort you and give you peace. Sending you lots of hugs.

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 4:03:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi, I read about Betty passing in the papers this morning and, of course, I immediately thought of you. Please know that we are all thinking about you and all of your friends at this sad time.

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 4:55:00 PM PST 

Anonymous BARBARA
had this to say:

SORRY

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 6:25:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Words are not enough Naomi. I am so very sorry to hear of your dear beloved friends passing. She will be sorely missed by so many and I know you must be feeling it very deeply right now. I am thinking of you and sending you strength. Take care x

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:53:00 AM PST 

Anonymous Steve
had this to say:

I'm so sorry for your loss. In my occasional visits to your blog, I've loved the enduring friendships shared among the "ladies who lunch."
I know you will grieve, but I pray for God's Peace and Sustaining Love for you and all your group.
My wife and I knew Hal Lynch in Alabama, and I'm sure that is how I somehow found Here in the Hills originally.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 8:24:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

oh my goodness. I saw that VV had said something about Betty but I had no idea that she has passed on..

I am so sorry and you always talked about her. she was truly a good friend and I hope she is in peace and not in pain if she was sick.

WOW!! Just keep thinking of the good times my friend.. It will lesson the blow of her passing.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 8:26:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Such a Sad Sad day Naomi, What an Amazing Lady she was, working up to the end. What a hole she will leave in so many lives but what wonderful memories too.
Condolences and Prayers from myself and all the emails i'm getting from fans wanting me to pass them on to her Family and Friends, here at Larry's Website.
Jan.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 2:44:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I'm sorry to hear this Naomi! I loved following your stories during your Ladies Who Lunch so felt like we all knew Betty! My sympathies to you. Karyne

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 5:00:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Oh Naomi - I am so very sorry. Words are not enough, but please know that you are in my thoughts.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 12:43:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Oh my goodness, Naomi! I'm at a loss for words...I'm shocked and saddened and my heart goes out to you and all of Betty's loved ones. She was a gem, so talented and full of life, and such a wonderful friend to you. Wow! I'm still in shock. Please know that I am thinking of you (wish I would've gotten here sooner) and giving you an enormous virtual hug right now!! All my love to you, Naomi!! xo

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 3:31:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

You made me feel like I knew her. My heart aches.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 6:30:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I am so very sorry, Naomi.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 7:20:00 PM PST 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

Prayers and Condolences Naomi. May all the wonderful memories give you comfort.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 8:46:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I'm so sorry it took me so long to get over here and comment, but as soon as I heard the news I thought of you Naomi. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. She was truly a bright light in the world. My thoughts and prayers are with you and her family.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 11:16:00 PM PST 

Blogger Mar
had this to say:

So sorry about your loss...you have such wonderful memories of Betty... Hugs to you the size of the ocean.

Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 6:45:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I'm sad for you Naomi.Life just does not seem fair sometimes. (Hugs)

Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 1:07:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Oh, Naomi! I am so so sorry. This feels like such a shock after seeing her in photos at your house so recently. My heart goes out to you and everyone that loved her. You shared her with us all. I'll never understand this part of life.

Please take care of yourself. xo

Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 8:07:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Dear Naomi,
I have no words, in English, to express my feelings right now.

And it does not make it easier:
My Mother was born in 1919 as well...

hugs
Tor

Monday, February 21, 2011 at 11:35:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi,
I thought of you as soon as I heard about Betty on the news. I haven't been blogging much (consumed by Facebook & Twitter & just life in general!) but wanted to stop by and give you my deepest condolences.
Much love
Marian

Monday, February 21, 2011 at 2:35:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Oh Naomi - I'm so very sorry to read of your loss - I am now back online and thought I had better check up on you, after 4 weeks offline. My thoughts are with you. (((hugs)))

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 1:37:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

and in a totally unrelated note, my parents were at Jeff Bridges' wedding. My family are from North Dakota, and my parents knew her parents from Fargo.

Friday, February 25, 2011 at 3:39:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I stopped by here today, because it was Oscar night, and I immediately thought of you. Finding this sad news wasn't at all what I expected to read. I am so very, very sorry for your tremendous loss. Over the years, I have loved reading about the wonderful friendship you had with Betty. Hugs.

Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 6:51:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Naomi, I thought of you immediately when I heard the news. What a blessing for you both to have had such a friendship.

Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 7:48:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Oh Naomi, I have not visited your blog in so, so long, and almost the first thing I see is this...I am crying...I am so sorry for your loss...wish I had the right words to say...she was adored, and will never be forgotten. RIP Betty, hugs to you Naomi, thinking of you... xxx

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 12:38:00 AM PDT 

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