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My mom's obituary

We had my Mom's obituary published in the Ottawa, Illinois, newspaper.


Elizabeth (Betty) Herring Mills Jones died Feb. 6 in San Mateo, Calif., due to complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was 89.

Betty was born in Ottawa on May 14, 1921, to Richard D. Mills and Grace Herring Mills. Betty was raised in Ottawa with her brothers, Robert "Bob" and Dan, and her sister, Barbara. She graduated from the Emma Willard School in New York in 1939 and received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1943, where she did honors research in physiology. She earned a master's degree in physiology at Northwestern University in Chicago in 1946.

Betty taught at Barnard College in New York City, and subsequently developed and administered the Liver Research Laboratory at St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago under the direction of Dr. Richard B. Capps. The laboratory's research work added greatly to the understanding of the epidemiology and clinical manifestations of Viral Hepatitis A.

Betty married Don P. Jones, M.D., in 1959. The couple lived in New York City and Cambridge, Mass., while Don completed his post-graduate medical training; they then settled in Grosse Pointe, Mich. Betty volunteered at the Grosse Pointe Public Library and was active in the Wellesley College Alumnae group. After Don's retirement, Betty and Don moved to Belmont, Calif., where they joined the Friends of the Belmont Library and enjoyed their part in the development and building of the new Belmont Library.

Betty is survived by her husband, Don P. Jones of San Mateo, Calif.; her daughter, Elizabeth (Stef) Jones Maruch of San Carlos, Calif.; and seven nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Robert Mills, Daniel Mills and Barbara Tuite.

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Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
It's a good obituary. I hadn't realized she had a master's in science -- even more impressive for a woman in the 40s.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
It sure was. Thank you.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
It looks like such a full, engaged life.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
She was really engaged in everything she did. Thank you.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this. It definitely leaves you feeling she packed a lot into her life.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
She was successful in many of the ways that mattered to her, yes.

Thank you.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
I hope to come back and read this when I'm well. She sounds awesome but I know I'm not taking it in properly.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I hope you feel better soon.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
What a accomplished woman your mom was.

FYI: I spent time in Ottawa because my dad's sister and her family lived there. My 2nd cousin is still running the family farm.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

My cousins are still there running the family farm too. I think you and I once established that our cousins knew each other. Small world!
Mar. 2nd, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
Very nice -- info about your mom and an indication of how you feel about her.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 06:31 am (UTC)
Hugs and condolences...
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
{hugsback} Thank you.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
She sounds like an intelligent and remarkable woman. I'm sorry for your loss.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
She was pretty smart and accomplished all right.

Thank you.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
She sounded like a woman who had lead a full life - well-educated, respected, loved by a devoted partner, bringing children into the world, and making the world a better place. I am glad to have met her, and wish that you find much solace in the priceless contribution she made to all of us in her life. Hugs and much love.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
{hugsback} Yes, I think she did a lot of the things that mattered to her, and passed on to me much of her sense of what did matter.

Thank you.
Mar. 3rd, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
This is a very good obituary.

You once mentioned she had done something during WWII. If you ever feel like telling the story, I would be interested in hearing it.
Mar. 3rd, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
Thank you.

She didn't do anything directly connected to the war, but her brother Bob did. The last year of her life she often told a story about how she went to visit Bob and he picked her up at the train station in a military staff car, which he wasn't supposed to do, so she had to crouch down and hide on the floor of the back seat while he drove.
Mar. 3rd, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
An excellent obituary, Stef. Thanks for sharing her with us. ***hugs***

I know Ottawa well, since it's only about an hour away from me. I didn't realize your family had links to Illinois. As others have noted, she achieved a great deal, and given the time period that took even more determination than it would today. To me it seems really important to tell these sorts of life stories, to let others know what is possible and remind us of the breadth of experiences of women who preceded us. Thanks again for sharing her story!
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