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Actress Betty White, known for comedic roles, also served war effort in WWII

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Actress Betty White, a beloved comedian who began acting at the age of eight, died on Dec. 31, 2021 at the age of 99.

Although best known for her role in the “Golden Girls” sitcom, she also served during World War II in the American Women’s Voluntary Services.

The organization was the largest American women’s service organization during the war. American Women’s Voluntary Services had about 18,000 members when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. As the war continued, more than 325,000 women were trained by AWVS. The women sold war bonds, delivered messages, drove ambulances, trucks, cycle corps, and were dog-sled teamsters. They worked in navigation, aerial photography, aircraft spotting, sewing, fire safety, as mechanics, in cryptography, switchboard operation, and brought food services to armed forces posts, disaster workers, and wounded servicemen.

“AWVS workshops turned out more than one million new or reconditioned articles of clothing for servicemen, hospitals, and other users while also publishing booklets and conducting public classes for housewives about preserving and repairing clothing,” according to Britannica. “AWVS members sold more than $1 billion worth of war bonds and stamps during the war.”

“We are saddened by the passing of Betty White,” the U.S. Army tweeted on Friday. “Not only was she an amazing actress, she also served during World War II as a member of the American Women’s Voluntary Services.”

Betty White / Photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corp

White’s 70+ year career in Hollywood included a role on the “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and being the host of “Saturday Night Live.”

Her career got its second wind when she was in her 80s, as she appeared in a Super Bowl commercial.

She was looking forward to her 100th birthday on Jan. 17, 2022, but died overnight at her home in Brentwood, Calif., according to the Los Angeles Times, which noted she was the last surviving star of “The Golden Girls.”

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • I liked her in Mama’s Family. Great lady. Hillarious on SNL too.

  • I wish there were more Betty Whites in the world ….. I adored her. RIP sweet lady .

  • I wonder if she was a christian and i am still left wondering. She left us with a lot of good works including animal advocacy and joyful memories. I hope she was just quiet about holding a deep faith, it will had made her all the more intriguing.

  • Judge lest not ye be judged. Mathew 7:1

    • What if one is not afraid of being judged — what then?

      • Go for it. Many are fearful of being judged by God using the same set of rules they use.since no one is without sin. Someone may point a finger at a fat guy for gluttony but God would look at the big picture. Did that person come from a starving family where food was scarce? Do they use food as a way to cope? Does genetics play a role? I know a guy that rats 2000 calories a day yet weighs almost 500 ponds. It’s the old saying, don’t judge until you’ve walking a mile in their shoes. Or, don’t judge unless you want to be judged using the de criteria.

  • A great Betty White quote: “My muffin hasn’t had a cherry on it since 1939.”

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