Elizabeth “Betty” Villa, 87, passed away Dec. 22, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her children.

Betty was born Aug. 25, 1925, in Menlo Park, Calif., to Ethel Morton and Elmer “Mike” Hara. She attended Menlo Park schools and graduated from Sequoia High School. She was active in all school sports and even went on to play semi-pro softball for Sherry All Stars.

Betty married in August 1943 to Lewis “Bud” Villa in Redwood City. They had three children; Judy, Pete and Ray. They eventually settled in Tunitas Canyon in Half Moon Bay, where they lived for 49 years.

She enjoyed brandings, camping, hunting, horseshoes, dancing and hosting family gatherings. She was most proud of her annual Tamale Christmas Eve Open House. She was loved and respected by her family and many, many friends.

She is survived by her three children; Judy Centoni, Pete Villa (Mary), Ray Villa (Phyllis), their eight children, Mike Ekis, Sheila Ekis, Jimmy Centoni (Melanie) Billy Centoni, Gina Villa, Christy Sarabia (Steve) David Villa (Samantha) and Karen Villa (deceased), and by 10 great-grandchildren. She also leaves a sister, Alice Carrerow (Al), of San Jose, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Villa, in 1999.

Arrangements are under the care of Miller-Dutra Coastside Chapel 645 Kelly Ave. in Half Moon Bay, on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. Viewing will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blessing services are at 1 p.m. at chapel with interment immediately following at Skylawn Memorial Park.

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