Betty Jean Runion (1923 – 2016)
by Pat Helwig

For more than a decade Betbetty-jean-runionty Runion was the high spirited anchor on her Runion family ladies team bowling with her three daughters, Karen, Sherry, and Beverly.

They embraced the competition offered by the ladies scratch league at Sunset Bowl, in San Diego, CA.

I was proud and loved being their adopted fifth team member.

Whether bowling on the lanes, presiding as President, or working in her rose garden, Betty was dedicated to detail and success always giving it her best effort. It has been a memorable ride with Betty through the years, a ride I will always cherish.

In a tribute to Betty her girls prepared the following obituary.

Betty Jean Runion, born August 26, 1923 in Wichita, Kansas, died peacefully in her sleep on September 27, 2016, in Palm Desert, CA, where she was a resident since 2003.

Our mother was a woman of many interests and talents. For many years she was a dominant force in the San Diego bowling world. She was the first female bowler to roll a 700 series in the city tournament. She also was a member of a state team winning the California State Championships. Mom presided over the San Diego and California State 600 Clubs as their president. Being a natural leader, she also served as President of the San Diego Women’s Club.

During her lifetime she enjoyed golf, water skiing, dancing, judo, growing and arranging roses and many card games. Her bridge games continued into her nineties, until she could no longer distinguish clubs from spades without help.

She is survived by her 3 daughters, Karen, Sherry and Beverly and their spouses, Greg Howser, Dan Melton and Rick Dowden. There are 5 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and a boatload of other family and friends who will all miss her.

Graveside service was held at Greenwood Cemetery, San Diego, CA on October 2, 2016 where she was laid to rest beside her husband of 60 years, Dallas E. Runion.