Betty Suhr passed away peacefully at Queen of the Valley Hospital on October 27, 2018 at age 97. Born Elizabeth Alice Maus on February 14, 1921, in Vallejo to Harry and Rella Maus, Betty grew up in Napa and Fairfield. In the summers, she spent happy hours playing on the family ranch in Philo. At Napa Union High School, Betty met Arthur David Suhr, and they married on February 12, 1944. Betty earned a librarianship degree and teaching credential at San Jose State College in 1945. While attending college, she lived at the Mary George Co-op House and established lifelong and dear friendships with the other women who nicknamed her “Sweetie.” Over the years, she and Dave traveled the state for Mary George Reunions, the last in 2010 when Betty was 89 years old.
Betty and Dave raised their three children in Napa and Clayton, spending many summer days water-skiing at Lake Berryessa. A trip to Europe sparked Betty’s love of travel. In the summer of 1968, the family lived in a small two-bedroom apartment in Paris. While Dave was at work, armed with her basic French conversational skills, Betty took the children on daily adventures to shop at the local markets and see the sights of the City of Lights.
In the 1970s, Betty spent a decade working in the children’s room at the Napa City County Library. She enjoyed sewing jolly puppets that entranced the children during her entertaining story hours.
After retirement, Betty and Dave enjoyed many years of travel in Europe and the Middle and Far East. She was a creative cook and loved to celebrate special occasions with her family at home. With her artistic flair, she created lovely centerpieces using natural elements of the season.
In her last few years, Betty was cared for by her grandson, Tejon Stanley. She was grateful to be able to live out her days at home.
Betty is survived by daughter Kathleen Smith (Doug) of Danville; son David Suhr (Rhonda) of Reno; daughter Linda Suhr of Santa Rosa; grandchildren Tejon Stanley, Cari Suhr and Casey Mason (Ryan); great grandchildren Hank and Hanna Mason.
A private memorial will be held at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.
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