Elizabeth Teal

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Elizabeth Leah Teal

Elizabeth Leah Teal, in her 100th year, died October 22, 2017, in Albuquerque. Born April 26, 1918, in Holgate, Ohio, she was preceded in death by her parents Harvey and Jessie (Case) Teal, her brother Hal Teal, and her former husband David Hamilton in 2016. She was also preceded in death by step-mother Rosemarie Lomond Teal, step-sister Mary Lomond Groh, and step-brothers Paul and John Lomond. A resident of Albuquerque since 1949, Betty (then Betty Hamilton) was best known for her political efforts with the "Grassroots Democrats" & for serving on the board of the Carrie Tingley Hospital from 1975 -1986.

Betty was president of that board when the members decided that the hospital must be moved from Truth or Consequences, NM, to Albuquerque in order to attract qualified physicians.

In 1985 Betty earned a Distinguished Public Service Award from the State of New Mexico.

After retiring from work at the UNM Bookstore, she had time to travel. As well as visiting other continents, she took raft trips through the lower Grand Canyon and through Cataract Canyon above Lake Powell. She was especially proud of hiking solo down Bright Angel Trail to board the raft at Phantom Ranch.

She was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she also earned a Master's degree in Letters, specializing in psychology in 1947.

Surviving are her daughter Betsy Delaney and husband Tod of Mountainville, New York, her son David Teal Hamilton of Albuquerque, granddaughters Rachael Delaney and husband Stephen Curran of Denver, Jessica Delaney, M.D. and husband Lawrence Yoo, M.D. of Omaha, and great-grandchildren Cade and Ryan Curran and Alex and Amelia Yoo.

Cremation has occurred. A memorial lunch is planned for Saturday, November 11, 2017. Friends interested in attending should call Betsy at 973-632-5578 for details. Friends who are unable to attend should remember her with a glass of white wine.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Nov. 9, 2017