TOWLE, Mona “Betty”

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TOWLE, Mona “Betty” (1953-2009), drowned at Santa Catalina Island on November 1, 2009 in a diving accident.

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“Mona (Betty) E. Towle was born Sept. 9, 1953 in Birmingham, Alabama. She passed away the morning of Nov. 1, 2009 while diving at Catalina Island. She was working on her advanced diving certification which she was very proud of and loved to do. Her sudden passing has left her family and friends in shock with a deep feeling of loss. Betty finished a B.A. in Psychology early on in life and continued her education by completing her Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2006. Betty spent the first part of her working career as the Director of Children's Ministries at the Church of the Valley in Apple Valley. After completing her Masters Degree, she found excitement in a new career as a Speech Therapist at the Perris Elementary School District, where she loved and was loved by hundreds of students. Betty was passionate about travel and was unafraid to challenge herself with new activities. Her appreciation for the natural world was matched by her interest in other cultures. She enjoyed hiking, backpacking, camping and traveling internationally, visiting many countries around the world. She always saw and appreciated the little things around her that others often didn't notice. She was one to stop and smell the roses. She had great compassion for others and that showed in her daily life. In April 2010, she was to administer Polio vaccines in India with the Rotary Polio Plus Program, a cause important to her. She was always a great support to many people and those around her will deeply miss her compassion. Please join her friends and family in a memorial service and reception to celebrate this incredible woman and her life at Sunset Hills Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1pm. She is survived by her daughter, Megan Towle, sister, Martha Gruber, brothers, Bill and David Scott, her loving partner, Darryl Evey, sister-in-law, Michelle Scott, brother-in-law, Frank Reum, many nieces and nephews, and was preceded in death by her husband, Brad Towle. In lieu of flowers a gift to the Rotary Polio Plus Program will carry on Betty's philanthropic mission. A donation can be mailed to Hesperia Community Rotary at 15075 7th Street, Victorville, CA 92392.”

November 1, 2009 [The Sun, Redlands]: “Avalon. A Redlands woman died Sunday morning in a scuba-diving accident off Catalina Island. Mona Towle, 56, reportedly had scuba equipment trouble shortly before 10 A.M. and surfaced from more than 65 feet at a marine sanctuary just north of Avalon's casino, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy said. Towle's heart stopped as deputies, county fire paramedics and Baywatch Avalon crews worked to revive her while in route to a hyperbaric chamber operated by USC at Two Harbors, deputies said. Towle had been seeking her deep-sea certification.”