Artist behind Vegas neon sign dies

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Published: Tuesday 21st April 2015 by The News Editor

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The woman who designed the iconic neon sign that has welcomed countless visitors to Las Vegas since 1959 has died.

Betty Willis, 91, died at her home in Overton, Nevada, according to an obituary on the Virgin Valley & Moapa Valley Mortuaries website.

The artist is credited with designing the famed and often mimicked Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas neon sign that sits in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard south of the Strip.

The sign has become such a popular photo backdrop that a car and tour bus park in the middle of the street was expanded in 2012.

Ms Willis also designed neon signs for the Moulin Rouge casino and Blue Angel motel in Las Vegas.

Published: Tuesday 21st April 2015 by The News Editor

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