Betty White’s Funeral Plans Revealed

by Samantha Whidden

Betty White’s agent and close friend Jeff Witjas announced on Wednesday (January 5th) details about upcoming funeral arrangements for the late Hollywood icon.

During his chat with People, Witjas says that Betty White’s funeral will be private and not in the public eye. “The arrangements are being handled privately. And that was Betty’s wish. As in life, she never wanted people to make a fuss over her.”

Betty White’s former agent also suggests to those interested in honoring the actress’ memory to donate to her favorite organizations. They were The Los Angeles Zoo; Tree People; Monterey Bay Aquarium; Wildlife Learning Center; Actor and Animals for Others; The Aquarium of the Pacific; and Guide Dogs For the Blind.

“If someone has a desire to do something in her honor, you can support or donate to one or more of her favorite charities,” White’s friend declares. “Or even donate to a local animal charity of your choice.” 

The media outlet revealed that while she was known for her famous acting career, White was also passionate about animal advocacy. She previously worked with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA). The actress was also a nonprofit partner for the Los Angeles Zoo for 50 years. She also joined the Zoo’s Board of Trustees in 1974. She was the City of Los Angeles’ Ambassador to the Animals in 2006 and an honorary zookeeper. The actress received the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal for her commitment to wildlife and efforts to create a sustainable planet.

Speaking about White’s dedication to animals, Matt Bershadker, ASPCA President and CEO, also told TODAY that White demonstrated a lifelong commitment to helping animals in need. This includes dedicated support for local shelters and animals welfare endeavors; promoting and protecting animal interests in her entertainment projects; and personally adopting rescue animals.

Greater Los Angeles Zoo Will Be Honoring Betty White

Meanwhile, Tom Jacobson, who heads up the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, told Fox 11 about Betty White’s time at the zoo. “When Betty came to the zoo one of the things she always did was come to this spot [where there is a memorial plaque to Ludden]. [She’d] say a few quiet words to her late husband. Dust off the plaque a little bit.”

Jacobson also explained to the media outlet that the plaza was named for Betty White’s late husband. The couple married in 1963 after meeting in 1961. Ludden passed away in 1981 from stomach cancer. White never remarried.

Jacobson went on to reveal that the zoo officials and Betty White had also been working for a special day honoring her 100th birthday on January 17th. Although she has passed, there will still be a Betty White Day at the Los Angeles Zoo.