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Betty Ellen Temple, April 10, 1924 - Sept. 18, 2017

Betty Temple, formerly of Cotuit, Mass., and California City died on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at the age of 93. She was born on April 10, 1924, in Templeton, Mass., to Axel and Ida (Markkula) Teittinen. She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth F. Temple; siblings Mimmie A. Teittinen, Viola Armieus Teittinen, Ilmi Teitinen Wick, Leo Milo Teitinen, Kolervo Axel Teittinen and Lois Wilma Teittinen Manty.

Survivors include one child and three grandchildren: Kenneth (Kip) F. Temple Jr. and sons Cade Temple, Zachary Koharik, and Tyler Koharik; brother, Paul Richard Teittinen of East Templeton, Mass.; sisters, Mamie Sweeney of East Templeton, Mass., and Ida Carpenter of Kirland, Wash.; and many, many nieces and nephews. 

She was a graduate of Templeton High School and Becker College in Massachusetts. Prior to marriage, she was a medical secretary taking shorthand dictation in the operating room during surgeries being one of the few in the state with this ability.

She married Kenneth F. Temple in February of 1950 and they found their way to Cape Cod shortly afterward. While making a life for themselves on the Cape, they had their only child, Kenneth Jr. In 1972, the family made the trip westward and settled in California City where the family became members of the Community Church. Betty had several rewarding jobs in the area including working at Edwards Air Force Base and within the Mojave Unified School District where she had the opportunity to help shape the minds of the community’s youth.

Betty was an avid walker and was a common sight to her neighbors regardless of weather conditions. She took great pride in her grandchildren Tyler, Zachary, and Cade and stayed active in their lives until her death. The family would like to thank the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District and Linda Cross from Mojave for their loving care and understanding in her later years.

A memorial service and interment at the Mosswood Cemetery in Cotuit, Mass., is planned later in the fall. 

In her 93 years on this earth, she encountered many different people from many different walks of life, it is hoped that a little of her exists in each and every one of them.

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