Betty Waters, 89, passed away March 24, 2012.
Betty, born in Coshocton, Ohio, moved to Arizona as a newlywed, with her husband, John, and began a career in public relations and television. However, her greatest achievements and joys were her five children, 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
In 1960, Betty was director of Community Club Awards for KTAR radio. In the fall of 1960, she auditioned for the host of KPHO's "Open House," targeting the female audience. "Open House" debuted in January 1961, and Betty interviewed such Hollywood celebrities as Lorne Greene, Myrna Loy, Eileen Brennan and Dear Abby.
In 1962, Betty was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Female Performer by the Phoenix Chapter of the National Academy Television Arts & Sciences. In 1973, Betty returned to the airwaves, after a short departure, on KTVK-TV 3 as host of Home Fair. In 2008, she was inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame. A golfer, traveler, swing band dancer, and above all, a lover of people, she will be missed.