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Community - September 28, 2011

Obituary: Marion "Betty" Suttle

Marion Elizabeth "Betty" Suttle died in Atherton on Sept. 11 at the age of 92.

Ms. Suttle graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1941. She met her husband, Jack, while working at Glacier National Park in the summer of 1939. They were married in 1941, and she worked as a librarian in the chemistry department at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland while her husband completed his doctorate.

After starting a family in 1944, Ms. Suttle was a stay-at-home mom until 1970, when she began to work in the physics library at UC Berkeley. In 1973, the Suttles moved to Taos, New Mexico, in retirement. In 1982 they returned to California, where Ms. Suttle helped her son, John, raise his three children. She also did volunteer work at Rosener House in Menlo Park and at the Palo Alto Clinic.

In 1999 Ms. Suttle had a heart valve replacement that forced her to curtail volunteer work. She remained vital and involved with her children and grandchildren until 2010, when a pacemaker was installed, say family members.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Jack; her four children, John Suttle, Richard Suttle, Peter Suttle, and Susan Rojas; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her brother, Milton Balcome, sisters Ruth Brom and Jean Murray, and grandson, Damien Suttle.

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