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Betty White’s Agent Says Funeral Arrangements Being Handled Privately: ‘She Never Wanted People to Make a Fuss

Betty White's Agent Says Funeral Arrangements Being Handled Privately: 'She Never Wanted People to Make a Fuss'

ベティホワイト will be honored privately as the late comedian would have wanted.

Her close friend and agent at APA (Agency for the Performing Arts) Jeff Witjas tells PEOPLE that White — who died at the age of 99 12月. 31 — will be put to rest in a private ceremony, which is still being planned.

The arrangements are being handled privately and that was Betty’s wish,” Witjas says. “As in life, she never wanted people to make a fuss over her.

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Witjas shared that those hoping to honor White’s memory are encouraged to donate to her favorite organizations, これは含まれて: The Los Angeles Zoo, Tree People, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Wildlife Learning Center, Actors and Animals for Others, The Aquarium of the PacificGuide Dogs For the Blind.

If someone has a desire to do something in her honor, you can support or donate to one or more of her favorite charities or even donate to a local animal charity of your choice,” 彼は言った.

While White was widely known for her work on screen, she also had a passion for animal advocacy. The actress worked with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (グラザ) — the nonprofit partner of the Los Angeles Zoo — for over 50 年, joining the Board of Trustees in 1974.

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White was honored as the City of Los Angeles’ “動物大使” NS 2006, and was later made an honorary zookeeper by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers.

More recently in 2017, ホワイトはジェームズスミスソンバイセンテニアルメダルを受賞しました, which recognized hercommitment to wildlife and efforts to create a sustainable planet.

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White’s death came just weeks shy of what would have been her 100th birthday on Jan. 17. Witjas 確認済み to PEOPLE that the ゴールデンガールズ スター “died peacefully in her sleep at her home.

の 2012, nearly a decade before her death, 白い 言った ニューヨーク・タイムズ columnist Frank Bruni that she saw “なし” difficult about aging and recalled her mom’swonderful approach to death.

White explained, “彼女は言いました, ‘We know we have managed to find out almost anything that exists, but nobody knowswhat happens at that moment when it’s over’ … そして彼女は言った, ‘It’s the one secret that we don’t know.So whenever we would lose somebody very close and very dear, she would always say, '上手, now he knows the secret.And it took the curse off of it somehow.

白を追加, “I have no fear or dread of death. [しかし] I’m happy as a lark to stay around as long as I can.