- Published on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 01:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
Elizabeth Logan Gardner Dougherty, “Betsy”, 87, recently of North Little Rock AR, and formerly of Los Altos, CA died peacefully in the arms of God and family on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.
Born April 13, 1925, Chicago, IL, the daughter of the late James Logan Gardner II and Hazel Minerva (Bradway) Gardner Hayes formerly of Boca Raton, FL and Park Ridge, IL. Betsy was a direct descendant of Magna Carta, Mayflower and American Revolution pioneer-ancestors who settled in Kentucky and Illinois.
In 3rd grade she played on the boy’s baseball team and during WWII she volunteered and was later paid for temporary assignments riveting and installing aircraft linoleum for the war effort—even then, was a lady to her core. She graduated from Maine Township High School, Park Ridge IL in 1943 with a group of lifelong friends affectionately dubbed “the Dirty Dozen”.
She graduated Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a B.S. in Speech and English minor becoming a travelling secretary for her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII). Train travels across the U.S. and high into the Canadian Rockies fed her own pioneering spirit and longing for adventure. Shortly after graduation she was a
speech therapist at the prestigious (then boys-only) Iolani Preparatory School in Honolulu, HI. She travelled by oceanliner, SS Lurline, to and from ports in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hawai’i. Iolani School will be 150 years old in 2013. Betsy is seen climbing coconut tree trunks and hula dancing in more than one scrapbook photo!
She wed, in 1952 at the North Island Chapel, NAS San Diego, CA Robert H. Dougherty formerly of San Francisco, CA and Glasgow, Barren Co., KY just days before Bob shipped-out for the Korean War.
Partiers—par excellence, they were very active with Newcomers Clubs in Los Altos Hills, Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale area homes from the early 1960s – 1991. Their children attended Bullis, Purissima, Santa Rita, Loyola, Blach, and Awalt / Mtn. View High schools. The best of lazy days and young family life were spent in Los Altos and her magical apricot orchards.
While raising two teenagers, Betsy was promoted to Editor, Technical Publications—Satellite & Weapons Systems Proposals at Lockheed Martin Corporation, formerly Ford Aerospace of Palo Alto, CA. She retired in 1991 to Gig Harbor, WA her most treasured time in life and removed to North Little Rock, AR in Dec., 2003.
Betsy’s soul food included all things orchids, music, trees, water and huge, red-sky sunsets. Her love of each came from fishing trips with her beloved Granddaddy at “The Camp” just outside of Louisville, KY and 2nd Presbyterian children’s-teen summer camps. She was an exotic indoor orchid grower until her death in 2012.
Although a woman of few words she loved them all—written and spoken, serious and poetic, humorous and biblical. She worked daily crossword puzzles for 70 years. She was an avid bridge player and had attained “Life Master” standing in the ACBL, American Contract Bridge League, with her dear friend and 30+ year bridge partner, Bettymae Sonnenburg.
She is survived by two children, Jane Gardner (Dougherty) Findley Robinson of North Little Rock, AR, and Robert Bradway Dougherty, of North Little Rock, AR:
Delayed private memorial service(s) will be held in AR, CA, WA, IL, & KY.
Donations in lieu of flowers:
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