Obituaries

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Betty Jean Williams passed away in Hayward Oct. 29, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred C. Williams, in 2001.

Betty was born in Hollister, Mo., June 11, 1924, but spent most of her life in the Bay Area.

She graduated in 1945 from Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Oakland as a registered nurse. She spent a short time as a private-duty nurse in the Los Angeles area but eventually returned to the Bay Area where she worked as a surgical nurse at Alameda Hospital for many years.

In later years she was quite involved with her husband, Fred, in publishing a newsletter entitled Type and Press, which was about the lost art of printing. Betty was the official proofreader. She was an accomplished seamstress. She made most of her clothes and some of Fred’s. Betty loved to travel and spend time with her many friends.

She is survived by cousins in the Sacramento area and relatives who reside in Missouri.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Grant Miller-John Cox
Mortuary FD-171

www.grantmillerchapel.com

Lew was born Sept. 28, 1921, at Oakland’s Fabiola Hospital to John and Edna (Potter) Monk, both of whose ancestors immigrated from Denmark. He attended Glenview Grammar School and graduated from Oakland High School, class of 1940. Lew served in the U.S. Coast Guard for three and a half years in World War II, including on assignment to the LST 207 in the South Pacific.

Lew retired after 35 years with the Southern Pacific Railroad as an officer in passenger operations. Early in his career, Lew was an agent on the Southern Pacific Coast, San Joaquin and Shasta Daylight trains. Of particular note, was his coordination of whistle-stop trains for John Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Nikita Kruschev. His work was a great source of pride. The history of all railroads held a special interest for him.

He was married for 55 years to his wife, Katharine (Wittman), who preceded him in death in 2001. They made their home in Alameda and enjoyed many activities, including golf, bowling, dancing and traveling throughout the U.S. and foreign countries. He was especially proud of his three holes- in-one (always attributing them to skill) and his beautiful begonias in his garden.

Lew was a longtime member of Live Oak Masonic Lodge and of the Alameda Elks. He served as past president and executive secretary for SKAL Club.

Surviving Lew is his son Kenneth Monk (Vicki) of Oakland, his daughter Janice Hanson (Paul) of Sonoma and granddaughters Katharine Rienerth (Chad) of Denver and Christine Hanson of Greely, Colo.

Lew passed away Oct. 8, 2014, in Alameda. His life was fully lived and always filled with a great interest and sense of fun. Services were private.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408

greermortuary.com 865-3755

Elizabeth (Bette) Marie Owens
Resident of Alameda, CA
August 30, 1921 – October 30, 2014

Bette passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Alameda.

She was born in Gloucester, Mass., grew up in Quincy, Mass., and graduated from Quincy High School in 1940. Bette married William John (Jack) Owens on July 14, 1945, and they celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary last summer. Bette worked at the Granite Trust Company in Quincy prior to her marriage and then became a homemaker. The couple lived in Hingham, Mass., for 48 years, where they were parishioners of Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. Bette was also a member of the Hingham Historical Society.

In 2000 Bette and Jack moved to Alameda, to be closer to their daughter and two granddaughters. In Alameda they joined Christ Episcopal Church and also became members of Trinity Seniors at Trinity Lutheran Church. Bette enjoyed sewing, stenciling, baking desserts and, most of all, being with her granddaughters.

Bette is survived by her husband Jack Owens, her son Malcolm Owens of Castro Valley, her daughter Meredith Owens and her two granddaughters Anna Tai Owens and Mei Liu Owens, all of Alameda.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Saturday Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. in Alameda. There will be a gathering in the church social hall after the service.

Donations may be made in her memory to Bay Area Adoption Services in Mountain View, or Half the Sky Foundation in Berkeley.

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