Elizabeth Haworth "Betty" Lilienthal

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ELIZABETH BETTY HAWORTH LILIENTHAL Elizabeth "Betty" Haworth Lilienthal died peacefully on April 27, 2014 in the medical center of El Castillo in Santa Fe. She was born in Huntington, West Virginia on February 28, 1920, one of two children of James and Marguerite Haworth. Betty's elder sister, Vinton, predeceased her on July 31, 2001. Betty received a BA from Brenau College in Gainsville, Georgia and then moved to New York where she apprenticed with a portrait photographer until the US entered WW II, when she found work at the Sperry Gyroscope Co. There she met James Lilienthal, an engineer, whom she eventually married on May 27, 1944. He predeceased her on September 8, 1995. In 1947 the Lilienthals along with their first child, Meg, moved to Los Alamos, where Jim had accepted a job at the National Laboratory. Betty was an energetic woman with a can do spirit. For almost fifty years in Los Alamos she led an active and rewarding life. Beyond her domestic obligations as a wife and a mother of four children, she was an enthusiastic and committed member of a number of civic and cultural organizations in Los Alamos such as the Historical Society, the Opera Guild, the Community Little Theater, The Don Juan Playhouse and the Arts Council. She was also the Choir Director at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church and involved in fund raising for Saint John's College in Santa Fe. Betty was passionate about protecting National Parks and was a board member of the National Parks Conservation Association. Betty was an avid hiker and founder of the Wednesday Walkers who frequently hiked in the Jemez. Another of Betty's passions that she shared with her husband was photography. Her photographs were exhibited in various venues in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. In 1977, she provided photographs for that year's edition of the New Mexico Blue Book. In subsequent years, Betty was involved in three book projects that brought together her love of hiking and photography. Each book was written by Dorothy Hoard, while Betty provided the photographs. The first, published in 1981, was Los Alamos Outdoors, which contained detailed descriptions and photographs of twenty-four hikes in Los Alamos County. The second, published in 1983, was A Guide to Bandelier National Monument, which had gone through three editions by 1989. Finally, there was Sentinels on Stone: The Petroglyphs of Los Alamos, published in 1995. This was the most significant and arduous project of the three. It was the result of on the ground research between 1983 and 1992 during which Betty took 2,000 photographs of petroglyphs. All the research findings were deposited in the Museum of New Mexico, Laboratory of Anthropology. In 1999, Betty and Dorothy Hoard were honored with a Heritage Preservation Award by the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee for recording and preserving thousands of petroglyphs and 90 archaeological sites in White Rock Canyon, which, thanks to them, is in the national Register of Historic Places. Also in 1999, Betty received another well deserved award when she was named a Living Treasure of Los Alamos. In 1999, Betty left Los Alamos and moved to El Castillo, with her sister. Her oldest and dearest friend, Francoise Ulam also lived there. F had been Betty's next door neighbor for years in Los Alamos, where, among many other activities, they had tea and played scrabble together almost every afternoon. At El Castillo they had breakfast together every morning until F's death on April 30, 2011. It was a real treat for visiting family members to have breakfast with them and join in their banter. Betty also served for a number of years as the president of the El Castillo Residents Association. All her life Betty was a positive, loving, and exceptional woman. Betty is survived by her four children, Meg, Richard, Chip, and Annie, their spouses, Buchanan Sharp, Jeanette Lilienthal, and Robert Wiard, four grandchildren, Madalyn Barelle, Megan Wiard, Jason Lilienthal and Katy Klopper, and three great grandchildren, Benjamin, Aubrey, and Theodore Klopper. Betty was predeceased by two grandchildren, Peter Lienemann in 1993 and Doenika Lilienthal in 2011. The family is grateful for the care that the staff of El Castillo, EGIS, and Amber Care Hospice Santa Fe provided for Betty during her last days. In particular, we owe a great debt of gratitude to her personal caregiver, Viviana Gomez, who fondly referred to her as "my Betty." A private internment will be held at a later date for family and close friends. Donations in Betty's memory can be made to Bandelier National Monument/Friends of Bandelier at friendsofbandelier.org or to National Parks Conservation Association at npca.org Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations, 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505, Phone: (505)989-7032, Fax: (505) 820-0435, santafefuneralsption.com


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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on May 8, 2014
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