Hurricane Katrina

Betty LeFler, 83, Diamondhead

Betty Lefler of Diamondhead, Hurricane Katrina victim
Betty Lefler of Diamondhead, Hurricane Katrina victim

Betty LeFler worked for almost 40 years as a successful businesswoman at GM/Buick, running the inventory ordering department in Flint, Mich., but she is most remembered for her devotion to her family.

The automotive job was demanding, but LeFler still took time to care for her aging mother.

"Betty LeFler dearly loved her parents and always had their wedding picture in her living room,'' said Glen Matheson, LeFler's grand nephew. ''She worshipped her older sister, Dorothy. Her greatest weakness was a sweet tooth . . .''

Matheson, an attorney in Dorchester, Mass., said LeFler had few regrets.

"My aunt told me that her only regret was not having children and never being offered a promotion at Buick,'' Matheson said. ''She was always full of the best business advice.''

LeFler eventually moved to Sarasota, Fla., after retiring from Buick. She relocated to Diamondhead last year, but kept close contact with her family.

"My aunt loved her remaining family and spoke with them frequently from Diamondhead,'' Matheson said. "Once Dorothy passed, she had no immediate family remaining.''