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Betty Jo Compton

Betty Jo Compton passed away on May 30th, 2023, at the age of 97 

Betty Compton

Betty Jo Compton was born in Stringtown, Oklahoma, on November 13, 1925. She was one of seven children born to Irving and Vaye Winters. Betty graduated from high school and soon after, along with her sister Sue, traveled to California to work as one of the Original Rosie the Riveters. After a year of working in the shipyards, Betty returned to her hometown, where she married her childhood sweetheart, Harden James Compton Jr. They had three children, Alan, Brad, and Clint. Betty and her family moved to Orange County, California, where they took over the family business, The Compton Cleaners. Later, Betty started working at Northrop Grumman and retired in 1983. She retired again after working at NWC.

 A true lady,  Betty was always dressed in her Sunday best.  She was passionate about beautiful clothes, jewelry, heels, and Hollywood regency glam furnishings. She loved country music, country dancing, and western movies.  The country was in her blood.  She loved to cook and was always cutting out new recipes to try.  Christmas was her favorite time of year, and she was known to keep her multiple Christmas trees up all year. However,  Betty’s true passion was her family.  There was nothing she loved more. “Mom” and “Grandmother” were her favorite titles of all. 

 Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Irving and Vaye Winters.  Her siblings are Ronnie Dale,  Bo,  Mable Sue,  Lou Ann,  Bobby June & Linda Kaye; her husband &  best friend, Harden James Jr., and her son, Bradley Compton. 


She is survived by: Alan Compton (wife Hannah) and Clint Compton (wife Regina) are her sons. Her daughter-in-law – Cindy Compton.  Her grandchildren – Ashly Palomino (husband-John), Amber Compton, Travis Compton (wife- Fariba), Josh Pierce, Brittney Pierce, Alicia Compton &  Aden Compton.  Her great-grandchildren are Carson & Carly Palomino,  Penelope Navarrete, Hannah Compton, Sadie Pierce, Cash Camacho, Cruz Jacobs, Naomie Jacobs, Aurora, Skylar & Atlas. The family would like to give a huge “Thank You” to High Desert Memory Care for taking such outstanding care of Betty. 

Betty will be laid to rest next to her husband and son—services are to be held at Holland & Lyons on November 13th at 1:00 p.m.  

 In Lieu of Flowers, the family asks to consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. 

 We will miss you forever.  Bread and butter. Salt and pepper