Born in San Francisco, she graduated from Lowell High School and received a BA at Stanford University in 1938. At Stanford, she was active in student theater and wrote under the name "Sister McGonigle" for Chaparral magazine.
A high school history and English teacher in Palo Alto until she retired in 1982, she was passionate about her students, the family says.
Survivors include her son, Doug, her brother, Bill Macy, and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Patrick, and her brother, Col. Robert McGlashan.
A memorial fund has been set up at Heart to Heart International Ministries (H2Hint.org), P.O. Box 1832, Ramona, CA 92065, a group that works with orphans and abandoned children in Romania. The fund is in honor of her granddaughter, Caterina. Note on the donation that it is in memory of Betty McGlashan.
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