Elizabeth Wied Obituary (2022) – San Diego, California

Elizabeth MacMahon Betty ‘Wied October 3, 1933 – November 25, 2021 San Diego Betty Wied died on November 25, 2021 after a year-long battle with lymphoma. She was born in San Francisco on October 3, 1933, daughter of Alvin E. and Carra Payne MacMahon. In 1942, the family moved to Garden City in Long Island, NY, where his father was employed as an electronics engineer at AT&T to develop and improve radar systems. After the war ended, they returned to the Bay Area, buying a house in Piedmont.

Betty graduated from Mills College 1955 with a BA in Education and immediately began teaching second year in Piedmont. During a summer break, she visited her cousin, U.S. Navy Major Charles Howe and his family in Pensacola, Florida. Chuck, a decorated fighter pilot, was a flight instructor who introduced him to Colin W. Wied, then a Naval Aviation Officer Cadet, before the flight. A distance courtship display followed; each long distance call began with the operator’s instructions to Colin to “deposit $ 3.50 for the first three minutes”. It took Colin so long to drop the coins that Betty told Colin to use quarters instead of nickels in the future.

Colin was appointed ensign and pinned to Naval Aviator Wings in November 1957, and they were married on December 28, 1957. They moved to Hawaii where Colin served in the VW-12, an airborne early warning squadron. . After three years, they returned to the mainland with their daughter Beth so Colin could complete his undergraduate studies at Stanford. then, with their son Douglas, they crossed the bay to Berkeley, where Colin attended Boalt Hall Law School. A move to San Diego followed. Beth and Douglas were joined by Scott a few years later. And so began what Betty said was the most important thing in her life: raising three wonderful children, all of whom graduated with graduate degrees and jobs: Beth a lawyer, Doug a computer programmer and Scott a data scientist.

Betty and Colin have had a loving and lasting partnership. Not only did Betty help raise their family and help Colin get his law school education, she also practiced law with him. Betty has read and edited Colin’s memoirs, served as president of the San Diego County Bar, and played a major role in guiding her legal career. She was the strong woman behind the successful man.

Betty found time to garden (especially roses, hydrangeas and orchids), participate in activities with the children (PTA, Girl Scout Leader, Cub Leader, Coven Committee); work in charitable organizations (National Charity League of San Diego, Assistance League of San Diego); and served as president of the San Diego County Bar Association Auxiliary and the Mills College Alumnae Association.

Working with children’s charities was especially rewarding for Betty. These organizations included the Village Garden Club of La Jolla, the St. Germain children’s charity and Friends in Deed. She was a member of a book club for 30 years. She was a deacon at the Presbyterian Church in La Jolla.

Betty became a certified interior designer and had fun designing and furnishing the vacation home in Julian, California. She also, in a way, found the time to become a gourmet cook. For several years, she researched and wrote columns for the journal.

Betty enjoyed reading and taking a variety of study courses. She was a cancer survivor, because of her positive attitude. She enjoyed meeting new people and attending gatherings where she could meet old and new friends. Most of all, Betty was devoted to her family. She is survived by her husband, Colin, daughter Beth, son Douglas (Robin) and two children, Michael and Julie, and son Scott (Heather) and children Evan and Luke.

The private burial will be at Fort Rosecrans, and a celebration of Betty’s life will be held on January 22, 2022, at 3:00 p.m., at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Avenue, La Jolla Ca, 92037. Instead of flowers, it is respectfully suggested that a contribution be made to the Deacons Fund at the Presbyterian Church in La Jolla.

Posted by San Diego Union-Tribune January 2-9, 2022.

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