She was born in Burlingame, attended Mercy High School and graduated from Burlingame High in June 1941. She then graduated from UC Berkeley in the wartime class of 1944, where she was a member of the Prytanean Honor Society and Chi Omega sorority.
Upon graduation during World War II, and while her husband was still in the Air Force, she taught high school in Visalia. During the years that her children were in college, she was a substitute teacher in the Palo Alto School District. She was a longtime member of the League of Women Voters, a volunteer with the student exchange program AFS, and she taught English in action partners through Stanford's International Center.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; her sons, Don of Oroville and Jim of Oakland; and her daughter, Ann of Kirkland, Wash.
A pending memorial service will be held at the Palo Alto Unitarian Church. Memorial contributions may be sent to Elizabeth Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, where she and her friends spent satisfying gardening hours.
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