Betty Jo Drenkhahn Betty Jo Drenkhahn (BJ to her friends) passed away on April 19, 2013, early in the morning. She had been in ill health for several months. She was born April 24, 1922, in Attica, Indiana to Clinton Joseph and Elizabeth Tinsman. Betty Jo grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She was a very smart student in elementary school and skipped a grade. She attended the University of Wisconsin and got her B. A. in English. She also played the harp as a young person and studied with several harp masters, performing at the Salzburg Music Festival in the 1940's. In the late 1940's, early 1950's, Betty Jo joined the Red Cross and was sent to Germany where she participated in the rebuilding process in Europe known as the Marshall Plan. She came back to the US, married and had a daughter. In 1958, she earned a Master's Degree from Northwestern University in English. She went on to have a career in editing and publishing. She worked and retired from Purdue University Ag Press in 1985. Also, she worked briefly in 1967-68 for Roman Littlefield in New York City, she worked at Northern Illinois University Press from 1968-1971. She opened an import shop in Brown County Indiana in 1971 and also was a research consultant for Irwin Management in Columbus, Indiana. She moved to Austin in 1986 and became an active member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church. She was proud and honored to have been selected as a Sage a few years ago. She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Wellman of Austin. The memorial service will be held at St. Matthews on 8134 Mesa in Austin at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2013.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2013