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MARION ELIZABETH SUTTLE

MARION ELIZABETH SUTTLE 1919 - 2011 Marion Elizabeth Suttle passed away peacefully in Atherton, CA on September 11, 2011 at the age of 92. Known affectionately as Betty, she is survived by her husband of 70 years, Jack; her four children: John (wife Mojdeh), Richard, Peter, and Susan Rojas (husband Jose); five grandchildren: Katrina Rojas, Annie Rojas, Eileen Rojas, Jessica Suttle and J.J. Suttle; and one great-grandchild, Alejandro Jacobs. She was preceded in death by her brother, Milton Balcome; and sisters: Ruth Brom and Jean Murray; and her grandson, Damien Suttle. Betty attended Macalester College in St. Paul, MN from 1937 to 1941, where she graduated with a degree in sociology. She met her loving husband Jack while working at Glacier National Park in the summer of 1939. They married in 1941, and Betty became the librarian in the Chemistry Department at Case Western Reserve while Jack finished his doctorate. Starting a family in 1944, Betty became a stay-at-home mom, a job she continued until 1970 when she began working at the Physics Library at the University of California - Berkeley. In 1973, Betty and Jack moved to Taos, NM to retire. In retirement, Betty volunteered to organize the library at the Millicent Rogers Museum, and became its first librarian. In 1982, they returned to California, and Betty helped her son John raise his three children. She also volunteered at Rosner House in Menlo Park and the Palo Alto Clinic. Betty had a heart valve replacement in 1999 that forced her to curtail her volunteer work. She remained vital and involved with her children and grandchildren until 2010 when a pacemaker was required. She remained gracious and loving to the end. She had a wonderful friend and caretaker the last three years, Mele Fine. Betty was loved by everyone who knew her and will be missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held on November 13, 2011 in Atherton, CA.


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