Betty Lou White

15 December 1921–10 April 2009 (Age 87)
St. Anthony, Fremont, Idaho, United States

The Life of Betty Lou

When Betty Lou White was born on 15 December 1921, in St. Anthony, Fremont, Idaho, United States, her father, Herschel Reed White, was 19 and her mother, Susan Kathryn Hayes, was 19. She married Ross Roy Ruchti on 13 April 1941. She lived in Alameda Election Precinct 2, Bannock, Idaho, United States in 1940 and Union City, Obion, Tennessee, United States in 2009. She died on 10 April 2009, in Longview, Gregg, Texas, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Rosewood Park Cemetery, Longview, Gregg, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ross Roy Ruchti
Betty Lou White
Marriage: 13 April 1941

Spouse and Children

13 April 1941

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 2

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 8

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 23

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and Irish: from Middle English whit ‘white’, hence a nickname for someone with white hair or an unnaturally pale complexion. In some cases it represents a Middle English personal name, from an Old English byname, Hwīt(a), of this origin. As a Scottish and Irish surname it has been widely used as a translation of the many Gaelic names based on bán ‘white’ ( see Bain 1) or fionn ‘fair’ ( see Finn 1). There has also been some confusion with Wight .2 Translated form of cognate and equivalent names in other languages, such as German Weiss , French Blanc , Polish Białas ( see Bialas ), etc.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Betty Lou White in household of Ivan C Lydiatt, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Betty Lou White in household of H R White, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Betty Ruchti in entry for Mrs Kathryn W Lydiatt, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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