Elizabeth "Betsy" Gravett

elizabeth gravett

April 28, 1958 ~ November 18, 2018

Resided in: Fremont, California

Elizabeth (Betsy) Anne Gravett , 60, of Fremont, California died peacefully on November 18, 2018. Born on April 28, 1958 in Manhattan Beach, California, the 3rd of three children to Elizabeth and Frank Seamas. She is predeceased by her daughter Katherine Marie Gravett. Betsy grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes and was an avid tennis player. She started playing tournaments at an early age and never stopped. She played on the Rolling Hills High School Tennis Team in Rolling Hills Estates. She attended Chico State and UCLA. After leaving UCLA she played on the Avon Futures and Pacific Northwest Circuits. In addition, she worked for Larry and Billie Jean King promoting professional tournaments and World Team Tennis. In 1980 Betsy met Rick and they were married in May, 1982. In 1983 Kelly was born followed by Katie in 1985. Grandson Jayden was born in 2005 and most recently Granddaughter Riley came into her life in 2018. Her tennis teaching career focused on Pee Wee’s and beginning Ladies. She had a knack for bringing out the best and just loved it. She would always come home with incredible funny stories. Some of her highlights included taking several Ladies teams to the National Championships. In 1994, Betsy, an energetic mother and talented tennis pro and instructor, was diagnosed with an aggressive, inoperable brain tumor. She endured countless rounds of chemotherapy and radiation because, as she told Rick, her husband, “I want to stick around awhile and see my girls grow up”. She always wanted to help others and really cared about people. She would always put others ahead of her because that's just the way she lived. She lived life to the fullest fighting the tumor every day. She fought until the very end. Betsy is survived by her immediate family including husband Rick, daughter Kelly, grandchildren Jayden and Riley, sister Susie Seamas and brother Frank Seamas. A Celebration of LIfe will be held on Thursday, December 6 at 2PM at Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., CA 94538. Reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations in her remembrance may be made to The National Brain Tumor Society.

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  1. I am honored and blessed to have known Betsy. She was truly a wonderful person and I will miss her. My condolences.

  2. i met Betsy in 1969 and she was very quick witted and funny back then. Always smiling and enjoying life. I am sorry for your loss and keep remembering all of the good times with her.
    Nancy (Loughran) Tarantino

  3. I met Betsy 13 years ago when her grandson Jayden was in daycare with my son Gabe. The boys have been best of friends ever since and Betsy took them on many play dates and adventures together. It was my privilege to know Betsy and the Gravett family – they are generous, kind, good hearted, fun people and Betsy will be deeply missed.

  4. I had the pleasure of lunch with Betsy, Rick and Jayden, truly great to see the all interact with such affection. Rick Gravett and I worked together from 1988 until 2005 and he was always a positive leader and entirely loyal and devoted to Betsy and his girls and grandson.

  5. So sorry to hear about Betsy. We first met when I lived in Fremont when my son Matthew and Jayden became friends. Very sorry for your loss. She was a great person and very kind.

  6. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious love one, Elizabeth. It is my hope that until now, this day, you have been receiving comfort for your grief. May you be comforted in knowing that there is a Promise for Elizabeth given by God. This Promise is written down in His Holy Word the Bible at Acts 24 :15. As you read those words , please notice the word resurrection or rising up. What a beautiful Promise God has planned for her. May those words warm your heart and give hope to you.

  7. I met Betsy in the 80’s & she & her girls will always be in my heart. What a special person. RIP Betsy, Forever special.

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