Betty White Birthday died on Dec 31, less than three weeks before her 100th birthday. But that isn’t stopping fans everywhere from commemorating what would’ve been the TV legend’s big day. Scroll through as we look back on some of her recent fetes.
“Even though Betty White Birthday was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” her agent and friend, Jeff Witjas, told PEOPLE in a statement Friday. “I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”
Happy birthday, Betty White Birthday! Late ‘Golden Girl’ would have turned even though Betty White isn’t here to see it, fans of the legendary and beloved actress will still honor what would’ve been White’s 100th birthday on Jan. 17.
The lovable “Golden Girls” and “Mary Tyler Moore Show” actor died from a stroke she had six days before her Dec. 31 death at age 99. She passed at her home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles as the result of a Dec. 25 cerebrovascular accident, the medical term for a stroke.
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“Betty’s love for animals as she says started in the womb….She had an uncanny way of communicating with all types of 4-legged creatures…The animals just knew through Betty’s voice and body movement that she meant no harm,” Jeff Witjas, White’s agent previously told FOX Television Stations. “In fact, there may have been a few times she would make a funny face and the animal would show signs of smiling….Betty always knew how to work with her audience. I plan on Betty’s birthday to do a number of personal and private things to celebrate her fabulous life.”
Purina and Petfinder announced last week they will join fans in taking on the #BettyWhiteChallenge by donating a split $15,000 between two animals following news of White’s death just weeks before what would have been her on Jan. 17, many began sharing an on social media. The challenge asks fans to pick a local rescue or animal shelter and donate $5 in White’s name.
The cultural icon said her parents, who were “tremendous animal lovers,” instilled in her a kinship toward all creatures from a young age.
“They imbued in me the fact that, to me, there isn’t an animal on the planet that. I don’t find fascinating and want to learn more about,” White told organizations.
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Enlisted White as one of its spokespeople, who also served as “a friend and dedicated supporter” of the nonprofit. The organization connects people and guide dogs, provides free personalized training, assistance for veterinary care if needed, and more. White even adopted a golden retriever named Pontiac that she received from the organization.
How to support animal causes in honor of Betty White
American Humane, dedicated to the safety, welfare, and well-being of animals. Was an organization White remained involved with for more than 60 years.