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Living Legacy ยป Mary (Betty) La Fetra

Co-founder of a highly successful international business. A leader in her local community. A loving wife, mother and grandmother. An accomplished seamstress. A lifelong learner.

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"But if you had to pick just two words to describe my mother," says Mary La Fetra’s daughter, Sarah La Fetra Ludwick, "it would definitely be ‘renaissance woman.'"

Indeed, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" La Fetra (1909-1989) was a woman of many talents. Co-founder, along with her husband Clem, of Rain Bird Corporation, Betty was certainly an extraordinarily successful entrepreneur, a true pioneer in her field. Beginning the company in 1935 after their neighbor, Orton Englehardt, invented the first impact sprinkler, the La Fetras were a team in building Glendora-based Rain Bird, now the world’s leading manufacturer of irrigation systems.

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