Daughter: Vegas sign's designer marveled at its popularity but never liked use of 'fabulous'

Associated Press

Betty Willis made Las Vegas "fabulous" with the addition of the single-word description on one of the world's most famous welcome signs. But her daughter says she never grew fond of the word's look.

Willis died Sunday at age 91 in her home in Overton, Nevada.

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Her daughter Marjorie Holland said Tuesday that Willis was no doubt proud of her design for the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign. But its one adjective was never quite as flowing a script as Willis would have liked.

The often-replicated sign sits in a median on Las Vegas Boulevard south of the Strip.

Holland says her mother called it the "little sign that could" and marveled at its popularity.