Betty White will be laid to rest in a private funeral.
While many would hope the beloved TV star and actress would have a grand “going away” celebration, White “never wanted people to make a fuss over her,” according to her publicist.
White’s longtime friend and agent, Jeff Witjas, told People on Wednesday, January 5, “The arrangements are being handled privately and that was Betty’s wish.”
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The date and location of her burial ceremony are unknown at this time.
It’s also unknown if any of her co-stars and any ‘Golden Girls’ alums will be in attendance.
Seeing how Hollywood was absolutely ROCKED by her unexpected death, I can only assume there will be plenty of famous faces in the crowd.
White died peacefully in her sleep on December 31 at her home in Los Angeles, CA. She was a mere 18 days away from celebrating her 100th birthday.
She would’ve been 100 on January 17.
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White will always be remembered, because January 17 has officially been named “Betty White Day” in her hometown of Oak Park, IL.
TMZ reports the Oak Park small business community is banding together to offer discounts to customers and “Betty White specials,” on “Betty White Day.”
The celebration will also include a Betty White mural contest, and the winner of the contest will get to paint their mural on a wall downtown.
Even better, most everyone will have January 17th off this year in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Earlier this week #BettyWhiteChallenge began trending on social media.
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The challenge is supposed to inspire fans to do good in her honor.
The origin of the hashtag seems to have come from a public Facebook group called “Dogspotting Society,” which describes itself as “the cool place to hang out where you can post your own dogs!”
The challenge reads: “On Betty White’s 100th birthday, January 17th, everyone should pick a local rescue or animal shelter in your area and donate just $5 [dollars] in Betty White’s name. Make her 100th birthday the moment she deserves.”
Fans showed overwhelming support for the hashtag. “What a wonderful idea!” one wrote. “KUDOS to whoever thought of it! I hope a ton of people donate in her honor! Animals were her huge LOVE.”
“Donated to FMB America,” another shared. “They rescue Spanish Greyhounds (galgos), including my sweet Andre. We also have a racing greyhound and I just learned that Betty White donated to help close racing tracks. It makes me love her all the more!”
“Make this an annual thing and help rescues/shelters start the year off well!” another added. “Sadly, a lot of Christmas puppies, bunnies, and kitties get surrendered in the first few months of every year. The rescues/shelters get so overwhelmed.”
“Yes! A yearly Betty White Day!” another echoed. “It’s a great way to honor her and help animals all at once.”
Even “You Again” costar Jamie Lee Curtis recognized White’s love of animals in a sweet tribute on Instagram, writing, “What women WANT is to live a life like Betty White. Full of love and creativity and integrity and humor and dedication and a life of service to animals. To honor her today please make a donation to the @morrisanimalfoundation Morris Animal Foundation or any animal advocacy group! She would LOVE that. Rest easy you beautiful woman. We will carry on for you!”
Long live Betty White!