Celebrating the Life of Beloved Betty White

Celebrating the Life of Beloved Betty White

Our beloved Betty White passed away at the age of 99 on December 31, 2021. She was born on January 17, 1922, so she almost made it to 100 years. She was most known for her role in The Golden Girls as Rose Nylund and made several appearances in other movies and TV shows. With multiple Emmys, she holds the record for the longest career as a female entertainer as an actress and comedian. She is a true American Icon. 


Betty White had a love and interest in animals and animal welfare. She often hosted fundraisers for the Los Angeles Zoo in California and has written a book about her life and why animals have such meaning to her. She was with the Los Angeles Zoo from the day it opened to the day she died.


In 1979, Betty White and her late husband, Allen Ludden, held a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Zoo, and since then, even more fundraisers supporting the zoo. In doing so, the zoo made her ‘ambassador to the animals’ and made a plaque for her at the zoo. Along with Betty’s support to the Los Angeles Zoo, she has also made several donations to various organizations supporting the health of animals, such as the American Humane Association and the Fund for Animals


At the Brink of war, in the middle of a pandemic, with kidnappings and murders in the news and celebrity deaths, good news can be very hard to find in our modern times. That’s why it is so important to look at the good things in our own personal life. In her last interview, Betty White says, “But seriously, the advice I’d give anyone at any age: Taste every moment. Don’t take anything for granted”(Betty White with Entertainment weekly). Yes, the death of Betty White is devastating, but it’s not all loss. Betty White inspired many during her life and defied everyone who was against her. She lived and she wasn’t afraid to show it. Since fans have recognized that Betty White would soon be turning 100 years old, social media has launched the “#BettyWhiteChallenge”. Even though she died a couple of weeks before her birthday, fans have recognized a great way to mourn and honor the beloved Betty White. 


She made her love for animals very well known and has often stated that she wanted to be most known for her love of animals. Fans have taken that into account. The Betty White Challenge was held on January 17, 2022, and although the challenge had been going on before her birthday, this was the day donations exploded. On that day, fans each donated five dollars or more to the Los Angeles Zoo, Animal Organizations, and Rescue Shelters all in her name. Since her death, organizations and shelters have seen a dramatic increase in donations across the country. These donations are great for animal welfare and for building more rescue shelters across the country and around the world. Even though we lost a truly wonderful human being, we are gaining more opportunities to take care of more animal life through the donations people are giving.