Handmade jewelry made for Betty White by Hawaii woman goes up for auction

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A Betty White fan in Hawaii recently got a big shock.

Melyssa Ching Goya, of Alewa Heights, first met White when she was 17 at a 1991 book signing in Portland, Oregon.

Melyssa Ching Goya’s book signed by Betty White in 1991 in Portland, Oregon.(Courtesy of Melyssa Ching-Goya)

“I became a fan of Betty’s in the mid-’80s, when Golden Girls first came out,” Ching-Goya said.

Over the years, Ching Goya made numerous trips to visit Betty on the set of various productions.

They developed a special friendship, and White eventually named her vice president of her fan club.

“I was making jewelry from Fimo clay beads and I decided one day it would be nice to send her a bracelet,” recalls Ching Goya. “So I sent it to her and she loved it. She wrote a letter back and a few years later I decided oh, maybe she needs a necklace for that.’

White sent flowers on their wedding day because she couldn’t attend, celebrated the birth of Ching Goya’s daughter with a gift of baby clothes, and met the rest of the family in 2012.

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The family of Betty White and Melyssa Ching-Goya
The family of Betty White and Melyssa Ching-Goya(Courtesy of Melyssa Ching-Goya)

They kept in touch until Betty White passed away last year.

“I saw that Julian’s auction was going to auction Betty’s estate,” Ching Goya said.

“When it got to the jewelry department I saw some jewelry there that it’s been a while since I’ve seen them and I realized they were mine! That’s what I sent her how many years ago! I’m just floored. I’m beyond the moon that that would even be considered part of her collection!

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Bidding starts this Friday at 7am HST on juliensauctions.com.

The starting bid for Ching Goya’s jewelry is $300.

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