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Bettie Griswold Obituary
Bettie Griswold
November 17, 1921 ~ June 29, 2010

PACIFIC GROVE, CA - Ms. Bettie Q. Griswold, 88, a good friend to many, passed away peacefully at home on June 29, 2010 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She will be remembered for her classic gracious style, humble generosity, and quick sense of humor. To know Bettie was to love her, and she will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Bettie was born November 17, 1921 in San Francisco, California. Her formative years were spent in Northern Italy and Switzerland. She graduated from Commerce High in San Francisco, and attended the University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford University. She was married to John M. Griswold.
After college Bettie taught elementary school in Baltimore, Maryland, and later she taught physically handicapped children in San Francisco.
In 1945, Bettie's talents took her to various parts of Germany and Hungary, where for two years she worked for the U.S. Army as a civilian. For the United Nations she managed a pool of stenographers, and was a driver for diplomats and military officers.
When Bettie returned to San Francisco, she worked as a bookkeeper for the Fairmont Hotel and held various positions in the film industry, including Palmer Films, Fraser Productions, and Vista Productions.
In 1965, Bettie moved to the Monterey Peninsula and worked for Del Monte Properties, now Pebble Beach Corporation. She retired as escrow officer after over 25 years of service.
Bettie was a dedicated volunteer for the Auxiliary at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and for the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop in Pacific Grove. She specialized in researching and pricing the resale shop's rare and vintage books. Bettie was an accomplished painter and an avid reader. She had many passions, including travel, opera, and art, but she was never too busy to make time for her friends, whether long-term or recently acquired, during her full and happy life. She leaves behind her surrogate daughters, Lonni Trykowski and Sally Kuhn; cousins, Massimo Gnesa and wife, Laurence Bethume, and Pietro Gnesa and wife, Adele of Milan, Italy; and countless dear friends.
Special acknowledgement and appreciation go to Dr. Nancy Ruben, May Higuera and Hilda Flores for their devotion and loving care of our dear friend Bettie.
A celebration of Bettie's life will be held at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Beach House on Friday, July 16, 2010, at 1:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, Bettie wished to be remembered with a contribution to your favorite charitable organization.

Published in The Monterey Herald from July 10 to July 11, 2010
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