Miss You! Betty White Honored By Best Friend On First Anniversary Of TV Icon's Death: 'Betty Taught Us So Many Things'!


Betty White was known around the world for her impeccable comedic timing and for her kind heart toward people and animals.

On the one-year anniversary of her death, White's closest confidante, Patty Sullivan, exclusively told Fox News Digital she's honoring her best friend by enjoying one of their favorite pastimes: ushering in a new year on the beach.

"At sunset on New Year's Eve, we will remember Betty by finding a quiet place on the ocean that brings to mind the 20 years of New Years that we spent in her home in Carmel, sharing love and laughter," Sullivan said.

"I will forever miss those walks on the beach, picking up sea glass and taking in all the beauty that our senses could share," Sullivan said.


Sullivan, White's "surrogate" daughter, recalled fond memories of her friend of 53 years. They met in the late ‘60s in Cape Cod while Sullivan’s husband, Tom, was beginning his music career and performing at a local restaurant. Betty and her husband, Allen Ludden, "instantly fell in love" with Tom's shows.

"Betty taught us so many things, but her greatest pearl was the lessons we learned watching her accept the inevitable changes that are part of all of our lives," she said. 

Through her final years of life, Sullivan began chronicling her memories and decades-long friendship with White and published her new book, "Betty White's Pearls of Wisdom: Life Lessons from a Beloved American Treasure.



Sullivan hopes readers learn just how much White cared about the world, all its inhabitants, and the health of the planet in general. 

She explained White "never got involved in politics, but her love of this planet and her respect for it was so broad and so deep within her," citing the time a joyful White was able to see "a lost baby sea otter" being "introduced to a surrogate mom" at the Monterey Aquarium.