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Betty Mauk 1918-2012

Betty Mauk

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July 15, 2012
Toutes nes condoléances à la famille. Que de bons moments agréables en ta compagnie Betty, quel bon coeur !!! il y a un peu plus de vingt ans je te rencontrais en compagnie de mes parents, quel plaisir !!! repose en paix Betty !!!
July 12, 2012
Betty Mauk was completely focused on the task of making the city more beautiful . Toledo had 'turned its back to the beautiful Maumee River', she said. Her task was to make it visible. I called the Alliance Francaise of, Toledo, which I was surprised to find, on my return to my parents in thr Old West End, home from my unviersity studies in California. I had majors in biology and French literature. Betty gave me a job at the Alliance Francaise of Toledo which she had organized and was in the process of putting together a library of French books for the people of Toledo to enjoy. While the library was being organized, Betty described her next project which was in the process of being born. A park along the waterfront in downtown Toledo was about to make history. In the park she wanted to have a French creperie, and so she did. She had the idea,so together we collected the equipment and after asking school children for a name, they came up with 'Promenade Park'which later became a prominenet Toledo landmark.She had the idea, I whipped up the crepes and working alongside my sister, Suzanne Bruner, an artist from New York, we made tantilizing lunches of crepes, homemade French onion soup, homemade hot dogs and sauerkraut on French baguette, fruit and veggies all from the downtown Toledo farmer's market. People came from their offices downtown, came by boat which they docked at the downtown site, some without boats enjoyed a 50 cent ride on the Arawanna with Mr Mauk at the helm. This effort made the lunch hour into a holiday outing. For a period of time, Betty and I were soul mates. Together we talked about our lives and about the projects we wanted to accomplish.Betty Mauk, with all her heart, wanted to make Toledo into an even more attractive city by creating places in the downtown area that everyone could enjoy.She reisited the critics. but was supported by the Toledo Museum of Art and by Paul Block, Jr of the Toledo BLADE. Even so, changing a city to make it like Paris is a lonely task. Betty Mauk knew that. So, she did what she could and she never gave up. She was always up and about in the early morning,excited about having another idea for making Toledo, Ohio, a better place jn which to live. Betty and I were soul mates even after I married her 'French soldier' . Jacques Navarro, and we left the city to work in Japan, Betty continued on her own to do things such as cleaning up Swan Creek . Betty Mauk was positive and well-focused and never forgot to smile.
July 11, 2012
Betty Mauk was like a member of our family. We heard neat stories about her and the Alliance Francaise, especially what she accomplished for Toledo, Ohio.God bless her for her life and contributions to her friends, especially the Bruner/Navarro families. She was excellent in all her work. Long live the memories of Betty Mauk.
July 11, 2012
I receive the fax announcing the death of my dear Betty ! Oh ! she died at the same age of Picasso ! Long life ! wonderful and generous lady !
I remember all our meetings !
Oh such a lot of remember ! As soon as I think of her I think about the pleasure of life she was so charming
thanks to let me know.
Warmest regards ,
Lucien Clergue, Arles, France
July 11, 2012
I spent two years at Betty Mauk's house in the early 70s as a French soldier teaching for the Alliance Française she headed then. She was wonderful, full of life and projects and we talked and talked about everything French of course. I went to visit her recently in her retirement home and it brought back wonderful memories of my years in the USA. I will miss her greatly.

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