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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