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Elizabeth "Betty" Kirkwood

May 7, 1918-July 30, 2014

Elizabeth Craig Kirkwood died peacefully Wednesday evening, July 30th, at age 96, surrounded by family, while recovering from pneumonia near her apartment at Woodside Terrace in Redwood City. No private memorial services are planned.
Betty was born May 7, 1918, in Rich Hill, MO. As a child, she moved with her family to Ridgewood, NJ, attending Ridgewood High School, later earning a bachelor degree from the College of William and Mary, graduating in 1940. She was a skilled artist and her paintings still hang in the homes of her children. On June 21, 1942, she married Arthur Cosgrove, who was killed on November 9, 1944, on active duty for the US Army, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star. Betty remarried on January 24, 1948, in Ridgewood, NJ, to Harry Kirkwood and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family in 2008, prior to Harry's death in July. They lived in Ridgewood, raising four children until the family moved to Menlo Park in 1963, where Harry continued with Pacific Telephone in San Jose, Hayward, and Menlo Park. Her family was closely associated with AT&T, as both of her brothers had long careers there and her father, Cleo Craig, rose from cleaning spittoons to become President and Chairman of the Board. Betty was a devoted wife and stay-at-home mother, sharing time with her children in Hawaii, Mexico, Lake Tahoe, and elsewhere. Her devotion to children extended beyond her own when they grew up, giving generously to the Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital and the Caldwell Foundation, which sends deserving children to summer camps. She prepared family dinners every night, and bag lunches every schoolday. We will miss her Beef Stroganoff the most, with its secret ingredients. She was a member of the Sharon Heights Country Club, William & Mary Alumni Assn, Chi Omega sorority, and the Portola Valley Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir for many years.
Betty is survived by her brother Robert F. Craig of Pittsburgh, PA, and sons Craig R. Kirkwood of Palo Alto, Douglas F. Kirkwood of Menlo Park, and daughters Joan E. Cronin of Atherton and Elaine A. Watkins of Saratoga. She had eight grandchildren: Donald Kirkwood, Christopher Kirkwood, Robyn Kirkwood, Scott Kirkwood, Laura Watkins, Samuel Watkins, Alison Watkins, and Katie Cronin, and two great-grandchildren Sophie and Joseph Kirkwood of Stoughton, MA.
Memorial donations may be made to The Max & Marion Caldwell Foundation, PO Box 1653, Capitola, CA 95010.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 9, 2014
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