Celebration of Life for Elizabeth “Betty” Bulen set for January 13, 2018

A public Celebration of Life ceremony, honoring The Elizabeth Hospice Founder Elizabeth “Betty” Bulen, will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. For more information or to RSVP, call (760) 796-3797 or email BulenEvent@ehospice.org.

The article below is reposted from the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Celebration of Life planned for founder of Elizabeth Hospice
by Reporter Linda McIntosh, Dec. 21, 2017
San Diego Union-Tribune

A community-wide Celebration of Life, in honor of Elizabeth “Betty” Bulen, founder of Escondido-based nonprofit The Elizabeth Hospice, is set for Jan. 13 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Bulen died Dec. 2 at an assisted living home in Escondido where she had moved two and a half years ago from her Escondido home. She was 98.

She founded The Elizabeth Hospice with several friends in 1978 after visiting the founder of St. Christopher’s Hospice in London. Inspired by the meeting, Bulen, with help from friends Betty Benz, Ann Elizabeth Warren and Kay Elizabeth Austin, established the hospice in Escondido. Since then the nonprofit has grown to include 350 staff and 400 volunteers who work to bring comfort to the dying and help families during their loved one’s final days.

“Betty helped to build a community around the hospice movement in North San Diego County in 1978, when few even knew what hospice care was,” said Jan Jones, president and CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice.

Bulen was born on Sept. 29, 1919, in Massachusetts and is the eldest of three children of the Rev. Russell W. Bosworth, a Methodist pastor, and his wife, Helen.

When she was 7, her father died from scarlet fever. During high school she wrote a paper on death and dying.

After graduating from high school, Bulen began nurse training in 1938 at Maine General Hospital and graduated in June 1941. She joined the Army in 1944 and served as a second lieutenant working in a children’s ward before getting transferred to the Philippines to care for the sick and injured in Biak at the evacuation hospital.

She returned to the United States in December 1945 and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in the Philippines. Soon after returning home, she met Jim Bulen, a doctor in training for the Army Air Force. They married on Aug. 25, 1946, in his hometown of Escondido and moved to Vermont for medical school, where they had their first of five children, Ann, and later moved back to Escondido after spending several years in Japan and Texas.

While the family lived in Japan, Bulen learned Japanese flower arranging, a skill she drew on to make floral arrangements for area churches.

Bulen was also a founding member of the Rancho Bernardo “Light of Life” Religious Science Church in 1996.

Bulen is survived by her sister Lois, her five children and their spouses, 21 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

The public Celebration of Life ceremony will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. For more information or to RSVP, call (760) 796-3797 or email BulenEvent@ehospice.org.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Elizabeth Hospice. Visit elizabethhospice.org/donate or call (800) 797-2050.

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The link to the original article is here: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/sd-no-elizabeth-hospice-20171215-story.html