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Elizabeth Higgins "Betty" Keuffel 1917 ~ 2010 Betty Keuffel, 92, passed away after a brief illness caused by pneumonia. She died at her son's home in Anacortes, WA, on February 19, 2010. She was born December 8, 1917, in Steubenville, OH to Walter Bernard Higgins and Nell (Parrish) Higgins. She grew up in Wheeling, WV, and attended Highland Hall in Hollidaysburg, PA, followed by two years at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA. In 1939 she then moved to Pasadena, CA with her parents. During World War II she worked as a secretary for Linus Pauling in the California Institute of Technology Chemistry Department. In 1945 Betty met her future husband, Jack Warren Keuffel, a Cal Tech Physics graduate student who had spent the war working on radar countermeasures in England. They were married July 6, 1946. Their only son, Warren Parrish Keuffel, was born in 1947. After completing his Ph.D., Jack and Betty moved to Princeton, NJ, where he was an instructor in the Physics Department. In 1953, they moved to Salt Lake City when Jack joined the faculty of the University of Utah Physics Department. In 1956 Betty and Jack bought four acres in Holladay, Utah, on which they built a house and a barn. Both were avid equestrians, and spent many happy days together raising, training and showing Arabian horses. During this time, Betty also became a skilled draftsman, creating engineering drawings to accompany research papers submitted by her husband's Cosmic Ray Group. For many years she also was a driver for the Reading Room at the Blind Center. Jack died suddenly on May 23, 1974 of a heart attack while hiking in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Betty continued her equestrian activities for several years after Jack's death but eventually switched to raising llamas. Betty and her llamas became a familiar sight walking in the neighborhood. Betty always had one or two standard poodles and, with her dogs, visited hospital patients as an Intermountain Therapy Animals volunteer. She also spent many hours as a Salt Lake City Library volunteer, helping to prepare new books for circulation. When Betty decided in 2006 to move to Washington with her son and daughter-in-law, she donated her beloved Holladay property to the University of Utah. Proceeds from the sale were used to endow the Jack W. Keuffel Chair of Experimental Astrophysics. Betty is survived by her son Warren and daughter-in-law Lori Ann Keuffel of Anacortes; her grandchildren Elizabeth Leigh Keuffel, Victoria Anne Keuffel, and Todd Anthony Lehman, all of Salt Lake City; and her niece Patricia Ann Higgins of Anacortes, WA. A memorial service honoring Betty's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2010, at the South Valley Unitarian Church, 6876 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City. Weather permitting, a potluck picnic will follow at Storm Mountain, Big Cottonwood Canyon. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the animal-related charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Betty, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 11 to Mar. 12, 2010
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