Betty Moffitt, 91, mother of Billie Jean King

Written By By MELISSA MURPHY AP Sports Writer Posted: 02/10/2014, 02:14am
Array FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2006 file photo, Billie Jean King stands with her mother, Betty Moffitt, center, and girlfriend Ilana Kloss, left, during the dedication ceremony for the USTA National Tennis Center, re-named in King's honor, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Moffitt, the mother of Billie Jean King and former major league pitcher Randy Moffitt, has died in Prescott, Ariz. She was 91. King's publicist says she died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at home with her children by her side. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) ORG XMIT: NY159

NEW YORK — Betty Moffitt, the mother of tennis great Billie Jean King and former major league pitcher Randy Moffitt, died Friday in Prescott, Ariz. She was 91.

She died at home with her children by her side, King’s publicist told The Associated Press.

Ms. King announced Wednesday that she would not attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics with the U.S. delegation because of her mother’s failing health.

Ms. King described her mother as a good swimmer and dancer, who helped the tennis prodigy remain balanced with piano lessons and school work.

Betty Jerman was born on May 26, 1922, in Taft, Calif. She married Bill Moffitt and raised their two children in Long Beach, Calif., where they lived for more than 40 years. They were married 65 years.

At King’s 60th birthday party in 2003 in Beverly Hills, Calif., the dance floor cleared when the couple twirled to Glenn Miller’s big-band era hit, “In the Mood.”

Bill Moffitt died in 2006, the year the U.S. tennis center that hosts the U.S. Open in New York was renamed for King. Betty Moffitt attended the renaming ceremony with her daughter.

AP

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