Betty Louise Carleton (Mahin) 1937 – 2023

Written by Estero Bay News

March 8, 2023

Betty Louise Carleton (Mahin) passed away on January 19, 2023. Betty was a very positive and encouraging person. She was beloved by her family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. She will be deeply missed. She was called an angel by neighbors and friends because of all she did for them on a regular basis. She loved working on her roses and toiling in her garden. She liked swimming a couple days each week at the Sinsheimer Pool in SLO. She also enjoyed attending the Baywood Park Community Church. Her happiest moments in life came from spending time with her family.

Betty was born on 6/22/37 in New Jersey to Stephen and Donna Carleton. She has one brother named Scott. They got along well, and were close growing up. Betty grew up in Teaneck, NJ and moved to Oradell, NJ in 1951. She graduated with honors in 1955 from Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, NJ. She went to college at Brown University and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1959. She then went across the country to attend the University of Washinton graduate school for her master’s degree in English. After that she taught English & Literature at Seattle Pacific University.

She married Allan S. Baillie, a Boeing engineer, in June 1961. They moved to New Orleans in 1963, Southern CA in 1965, Seattle, WA in 1968, Spokane, WA in 1971, Costa Mesa, CA in 1976, Olympia, WA in 1977, and, finally, Los Osos in 1978. During those years Betty and Al had five wonderful children. She got divorced in 1979 and began working at Wells Fargo Bank, which later became Mid-State Bank. She worked there for more than 20 years.

Betty got remarried to Lynn D. Mahin in 1981. They took many trips across the country in Lynn’s motorhome and personal plane to visit friends and relatives. Betty loved walking and spending time with her dogs Buttons, and River. She adored and spoiled her 10 grandchildren with Easter games, Halloween costume parties, Thanksgiving gatherings, and Christmas celebrations. She enjoyed cheering on her grandkids at softball or baseball games, soccer games, swim meets, basketball games, tennis matches, and track meets. She also took them to swimming lessons and diving lessons. She loved attending Baywood Park Community Church family activities like the Awana Grand Prix night, the yearly church picnic, and the Christmas Eve service.

Betty moved to Georgia in July of 2022 so she could be near her brother, Scott, who was in a memory care facility. She died at her home there on January 19, 2023. She is survived by her five children: Karen Calderwood (husband Dean), Donna Langford, Allan Baillie Jr. (wife Jennifer), Stephen Baillie, Alexander Baillie; and her 10 grandchildren: Rachel, Andrew, Nellie, Gavin, Haley, Alexander, Allison, Katherine, Rebeccah, and Allan.

A memorial service for Betty will be held on Saturday March 25, at 2 p.m. at the Baywood Park Community Church, 1436 11th Street in Los Osos. Pastor John Tiffin will officiate the service. All who knew her are welcome to attend and remember her.

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