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Betty Louise Compton Luzovich

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 27th, 2013


Betty Louise Compton Luzovich, 81, of Aromas, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Pacific Coast Manor in Capitola after a six-year battle with cancer and a recent stroke.

  Betty was born Aug. 29, 1931, in Oroville, Calif., the only child of Archie and Dorothy (Hilton) Compton. Her early years included a lot of travel around California because of her father's job as a engineer with the Western Pacific Railroad. From a very young age, Betty knew she wanted to be a teacher and she was determined to get through school as quickly as possible to reach that goal. She attended grade school through high school in Oroville, transferring during her senior year to San Jose High because her father took a job with the Southern Pacific Railroad. She then attended San Jose State, where she completed an education degree and teaching credential, and got her first teaching job in 1951 at age 19.

  As a child in Oroville, Betty lived down the street from a boy named Albert Luzovich. He was a little shy but she was persistent, and they eventually became inseparable. After Albert’s service in the Marines during the Korean War, they were married in 1955 and then settled down in San Jose, where their son Steven was born in 1960. A couple of years later, Betty and Albert, along with her parents, moved to Aromas and built a pair of homes on a single piece of land. In 1963, a daughter, Nancy, joined the family.

  Betty began her teaching career in San Jose at Almaden Elementary School, then spent many years at Aromas Elementary and later at Bradley Elementary in Corralitos. Through the years she even taught the kids and grandkids of some of her early students. She retired in 2007 after more than 50 years of teaching, which included being the longest-serving teacher for Pajaro Valley Unified School District.

  Travel was one of Betty's favorite pastimes. She loved exploring new places and learning about their histories. A family cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage was one of her favorite trips. She also enjoyed gardening and was a world-class shopper. 

  She was preceded in death by her husband Albert in 1993. She is survived by her son Steve and his wife Carolyn of Ben Lomond; daughter Nancy and her boyfriend Andrew of Pasco, Wash.; grandchildren Aden, Lindsay and Brian; and great-grandchildren Malissia and Celena.

  The family wishes to thank Celmi Williams and her family, Greta Justus, John Huerta and Nancy Perryman for their help and support during Betty’s illness, as well as the staffs at Central Coast Oncology & Hematology, Santa Cruz Hospice and Pacific Coast Manor.

  Betty had a great love of animals and was a supporter of many charities, including Dogs for the Deaf and The Marine Mammal Center. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a favorite nonprofit organization in Betty's name.

  Viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Mehl's Colonial Chapel, 222 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville, with services to follow at 2 p.m

, 81, of Aromas, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Pacific Coast Manor in Capitola after a six-year battle with cancer and a recent stroke.

  Betty was born Aug. 29, 1931, in Oroville, Calif., the only child of Archie and Dorothy (Hilton) Compton. Her early years included a lot of travel around California because of her father's job as a engineer with the Western Pacific Railroad. From a very young age, Betty knew she wanted to be a teacher and she was determined to get through school as quickly as possible to reach that goal. She attended grade school through high school in Oroville, transferring during her senior year to San Jose High because her father took a job with the Southern Pacific Railroad. She then attended San Jose State, where she completed an education degree and teaching credential, and got her first teaching job in 1951 at age 19.

  As a child in Oroville, Betty lived down the street from a boy named Albert Luzovich. He was a little shy but she was persistent, and they eventually became inseparable. After Albert’s service in the Marines during the Korean War, they were married in 1955 and then settled down in San Jose, where their son Steven was born in 1960. A couple of years later, Betty and Albert, along with her parents, moved to Aromas and built a pair of homes on a single piece of land. In 1963, a daughter, Nancy, joined the family.

  Betty began her teaching career in San Jose at Almaden Elementary School, then spent many years at Aromas Elementary and later at Bradley Elementary in Corralitos. Through the years she even taught the kids and grandkids of some of her early students. She retired in 2007 after more than 50 years of teaching, which included being the longest-serving teacher for Pajaro Valley Unified School District.

  Travel was one of Betty's favorite pastimes. She loved exploring new places and learning about their histories. A family cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage was one of her favorite trips. She also enjoyed gardening and was a world-class shopper. 

  She was preceded in death by her husband Albert in 1993. She is survived by her son Steve and his wife Carolyn of Ben Lomond; daughter Nancy and her boyfriend Andrew of Pasco, Wash.; grandchildren Aden, Lindsay and Brian; and great-grandchildren Malissia and Celena.

  The family wishes to thank Celmi Williams and her family, Greta Justus, John Huerta and Nancy Perryman for their help and support during Betty’s illness, as well as the staffs at Central Coast Oncology & Hematology, Santa Cruz Hospice and Pacific Coast Manor.

  Betty had a great love of animals and was a supporter of many charities, including Dogs for the Deaf and The Marine Mammal Center. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a favorite nonprofit organization in Betty's name.

  Viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Mehl's Colonial Chapel, 222 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville, with services to follow at 2 p.m



For the complete article see the 03-26-2013 issue.

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