Community - July 27, 2011


Katherine "Kaye" Cutting

Katherine "Kaye" Morrissey Cutting, a resident of Menlo Park for 45 years, died July 1 at Stanford Medical Center after a short illness. She was 88.

A graduate of Boston College with a degree in nursing, Ms. Cutting served as a second lieutenant nurse in the South Pacific and Japan during World War II. She moved with her family from Aruba to Menlo Park in 1966.

She was employed as a nurse at Palo Alto Medical Clinic, Raychem, and Alza Corp. She was a volunteer at Treasures Hospice in Menlo Park.

She is survived by her children, Cathleen de los Reyes, Lynn Hansen, Eileen Cutting, and Paul L. Cutting; and three grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to Stanford Medical Center, Stroke Center, Office of Medical Development, 300 Pasteur Drive, Palo Alto, 94305.

Arrangements were under the direction of O'Connor Menlo Park Funerals.

Betty Flood

Woodside resident Betty Flood, a woman whose many interests over her long life included driving her English sports car, rounding up cattle in the company of cowboys, modeling clothes (briefly) at I. Magnin, and making needlepoint rugs for each of her 22 great-grandchildren, died at home on April 28. She was 94.

Elizabeth Dresser Flood, a San Francisco native, graduated from the prestigious Katherine Delmar Burke School in 1934 and modeled for I. Magnin around this time, relatives said. She married James Flood in 1938 at the Flood Mansion in San Francisco.

The couple honeymooned in Europe and returned with a red Talbot two-seater that Ms. Flood regularly drove in the Woodside May Day parade, relatives said, adding that when in Europe, she liked to visit the Italian Riviera town of Lerici.

The couple moved to Woodside in 1939 and raised four children there. Ms. Flood was active in the Woodside Trail Club and a riding group led by notable riding instructor Colonel Vladimir "Milo" Miloradovitch, relatives said.

At the time of the signing of the United Nations charter in San Francisco in 1945, dignitaries, some of whom became lifelong friends, visited the Flood's Woodside home, relatives said.

Ms. Flood was a watercolorist, an accomplished equestrian into her 90s, and a weekly volunteer serving lunch to the needy at St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room in Menlo Park, relatives said. She enjoyed ringing a bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas and volunteered with the Red Cross during World War II.

She loved gardening, Halloween, April Fool's day and stacking a "perfect cord" of firewood, relatives said. The winter picnic, held just before Christmas in a barn or pasture, was the highlight of the year for the entire family.

Ms. Flood was preceded in death by her husband and is survived by her daughters Judy Wilbur and Elizabeth Stevenson; sons Jim Flood and John Flood; nine grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, relatives said.

Relatives recommend gifts in Ms. Flood's name be made to St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room at 3500 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, 94025, or Pets in Need at 871 5th Avenue in Redwood City, 94063.

Halcott "Hal" Moreno

Halcott "Hal" Moreno, a resident of Menlo Park, died July 7 at the Stanford University Medical Center after suffering a brief illness. He was 92.

A native of Palo Alto, he became involved in several organizations in the city, including the Palo Alto Host Lions Club, where he served as president, and the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, where he was the organist for 30 years.

He was also a member of the American Legion, as well as the Sons In Retirement (SIRS), where he held the title of Big SIR in 1999. He served as the SIRS historian and conducted new member orientation.

Survivors including his second wife, Marion; brother Albert; daughter Susan Hassitt; three stepchildren, David Farrell, Nancy Freitas, and Tom Farrell; and many grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren, the family said.

Donations may be made to the Palo Alto Host Lions Club at or P.O. Box 976, Palo Alto, CA 94302-0976.


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