Meet Ms. July 2018: Betty Clayton

Ms. July 2018: Betty Clayton“Take on each day with joy and be resolute…be kind to yourself and look forward, not back.”

Betty Clayton lives in Merrillville, Indiana and is described by many as a “hard working, dedicated and caring person in her cause and mission.” Two of her greatest passions are music and animal welfare.

After graduating from DePaul University with degrees in Music and Education, Betty applied her talents as a music teacher, choir director and studio musician. She also developed an interest in electronic music and synthesizers and has been in a variety of rock bands!

Betty has always had a love for animals. Several years ago, she took over the Humane Society in Miller Beach, Indiana and restored it to a viable, well-run and humane organization that helped hundreds of animals. She retired from being their Executive Director but still serves on the Board of Directors.

As a former Lake County Deputy Sheriff, Betty headed up the Animal Protective Services Unit which focused on abused animals.

In her own words, Betty has “come to realize…that there is so much to live for – it’s all in your attitude.” Her advice to other regarding breast cancer is to “Laugh…a lot, and to fight, fight, fight!”

Betty Clayton is a 6 year breast cancer survivor proudly nominated by her friend Rosemary Shanda.