KC native Betty Lynn, Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show, dies at 95


CULVER CITY, Calif. – Kansas City native Betty Lynn, best known for her portrayal as Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show, died Saturday at the age of 95.

Lynn was born in Kansas City, Mo., but spent most of her adult life in California. She appeared in 26 episodes as Barney Fife’s girlfriend.

According to The Andy Griffith Museum, Lynn had a brief illness before dying.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Betty Lynn Scholarship Endowment are requested to be made in her honor. The scholarship helps students pursuing careers in dance or acting.

In 2007, Lynn was inducted into the Missouri Walk of Fame in Marshfield, Missouri.

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