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Elizabeth Sturgis "Bets" Manera

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Manera, Elizabeth (Bets) Sturgis
November 29, 1929 - October 11, 2015. Bets was born in Atlanta, GA in 1929. The family moved to Philadelphia, then in 1942 to Towson MD where Bets completed grade school, high school and college. She received a BA in Education from Maryland State Teachers College at Towson. Bets taught in high schools in Towson and St Louis MO for 5 years then accepted a position as a professional Girl Scout. She moved to the Phoenix, AZ office of the Girl Scouts in 1957 with the primary duty of directing the summer camping program of the Girl Scouts in Prescott. In 1960 Bets elected to resume her education completing a Masters degree and a Doctorate in Education at Arizona State University in 1963. Following graduation, Bets taught in the Department of Secondary Education and Curriculum at ASU from 1963 until her retirement in 1992. During her professional career Bets wrote seven books and monographs; 34 articles; made 11 international, 55 national and 19 regional presentations. She is listed in the World Who's Who of Women in Education: Who's Who in the West; Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who of Women. In 1993 she was selected as a Distinguished Member of the Association of Teacher Educators and previously selected as one of seventy Leaders in Teacher Education in the United States, honored by the Association of Teacher Educators in 1990. Bets passion during her tenure at ASU was developing superior high school teachers. Prior to retirement, Bets served on a number of boards of professional non-profit groups such as the Association of Teacher Educators; the American Association of Curriculum and Instruction; and the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction. Following retirement from ASU, Bets has served continuously on regional and national boards of ABHOW (American Baptist Homes of the West); support boards of the Phoenix Art Museum in the capacity as various officers of the Friends of European Art, the Arizona Costume Institute and the Docents. Bets was a member of P.E.O,, The Collectors Club, FANA and other groups. Bets is survived by her husband Paul, whom she married in 1959, children Paul Sturgis and Melanie, grandson, Zechariah and daughter-in-law Jennifer. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, October 31, 2015 at the North Scottsdale Bible Church Hayden Chapel, 7901 East Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Bets wish list requested donations in lieu of flowers to: P.E.O. Chapter D, %Diane Newton, 3047 W. Hearn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85053, Foundations of ABHOW at the Teraces of Phoenix, 7550 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020 or Phoenix Art Museum.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 25, 2015
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