Betty J. Barbano passed away at her Reno residence on Tuesday,
Dec. 27, 2005, after a long battle with chronic illnesses and a recent
respiratory inflammation. She was born to Alton and Lessie Luffman in
Enid, Okla., on Feb. 7, 1941.
Joyce Luffman, 1948
Andrew's favorite picture.
In Nevada, she
became a businesswoman and consumer activist. She coordinated State.
Sen. Randolph Townsend's 1980 statewide consumer advocate petition and
lobbied for utility consumers at the 1981 Nevada legislative session.
She was a successful Realtor, winning election to Century 21's western
relocation council. Over her career, she was a partner in an advertising
agency, managed Pauline's Sportswear in Carson City and worked at the
Carson City Nevada Appeal daily newspaper. She was first published at
age 10 in a national children's poetry magazine.
managed promotions for Carson City and Sparks shopping centers. She
was twice honored by the Reno Advertising Club, in 1977 for an innovative
television campaign and in 1979 for a radio series. During the 1970s,
she was the voice of the Reno Autorama, Reno Home Improvement and Reno
Boat & RV shows. In 1978, she was the English and Spanish voice
of Sheraton Hotels on a worldwide Formula One GrandPrix motoracing radio
network. She was a member of Communications Workers of America Local
She attended Enid High School and Idaho State University in Pocatello,
where she gained distinction for organizing community programs promoting
understanding between Catholic, Mormon, Jewish and Native American faiths.
She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Andrew Barbano of Reno;
sons Robert (wife Kelly), Andrew (wife Tiffany) and Kelly Donlevy, all
of the Phoenix, Ariz., area; son, Sheldon Donlevy (wife Kassie) of Reno;
brother, Dennis Luffman of Augusta, Ks.; sister, Carolyn Powers of Newton,
Ks.; cousin Lena Stites of Enid, nine grandchildren and numerous nieces
still rides Nevada's
Reno Gazette-Journal reports that the same flaws in the rural
emergency response system which allowed Debra Donlevy to die in
1978 remain to this very day.
will we ever learn?
was preceded in death by her parents, an aunt, Lula Mae Luffman, 98,
who passed away in Enid on Oct. 22, and daughter, Debra
Joyce Donlevy (1959-1978, Carson High class of 1977), an Enid
native who died in an auto accident. Betty's remains will be interred
near her daughter at Walton's Chapel of the Valley in Carson City.
A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at the First
Congregational Church, 627 Sunnyside Drive, in northwest Reno. The Rev.
Bill Chrystal officiated.
reception followed at the church. Food and refreshments were provided.
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P.O. Box 10034
Reno, NV 89510
MEMORIES OF BETTY
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