Elizabeth "Betty" Juliann MacKinnon Myers1921 ~ 2011Beloved mother, grandmother and friend Elizabeth "Betty" (MacKinnon) Myers passed away December 20, 2011, warm in her bed surrounded by her loving daughters and granddaughter, Susan Elder, Julieann Myers ad Samantha Mortensen. Betty was born September 15th, 1921, in Santa Ana, California, to Donald K. MacKinnon and Vida Rees MacKinnon. Betty was raised in Orange County where she attended Orange County High School, enjoying sports and taking the lead in the Senior class play. Betty attended Los Angeles Community College, followed by the University of Southern California where she earned her bachelors degree in History and English. Forever a patriot, Betty joined the first contingent of "Lady Marines" from California during the Second World War and went on to marry Marine Officer Jay Newbern Myers in June of 1946. After their marriage, Betty and Jay both attended the University of Wyoming where they each earned Master's Degrees. They lived in Philadelphia for many years and finally settled in the Mount Olympus area of Salt Lake City, where they raised their three children, Susan (Elder), Jon and Julieann. Betty and Jay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1996 and were only separated by Jay's passing in 1999. She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings. Betty is survived by her three children Susan (James) Elder, Jon (Jayme), Julieann (Paul Cardenas) of San Diego, CA, and her four grandchildren - Samantha, Colesen, Luke, and Jackson.Betty was a patron of the arts and taught her children and grandchildren about performance and visual arts. She enjoyed ballet, theatre, classical and jazz music. She was a voracious reader, with a particular love for history and the classics. Betty was also very active in the areas of education and philanthropy. At the time of her death, Betty was a member of Chapter V, P.E.O. Sisterhood. Betty served as President of the Utah State Chapter of P.E.O. from 1980-81. She was integral in operations of the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, International Peace Scholarship, P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund and P.E.O. Scholar Awards. She joined the Woman's Board of Westminster College in 1973. She was a 30-year member and held all of the offices of the Board and served as its President from 1975-77. Betty was a long standing member of Christ United Methodist Church where she was very active in many areas of the church. She also supported and volunteered for many years with the Utah Symphony Guild.Her children would like to thank Curo Home Health and Hospice, in particular Jennine, Ashley and Brittany; the Progressive Care Unit at St. Marks Hospital; and the staff at Highland Cove for their help and support in taking care of our Mom.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to The International Peace Scholarship of P.E.O. at: P.E.O Executive Office 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA., 50312-2899 or to The Women's Board Scholarship Fund at: Westminster College Woman's Board Endowed Scholarship Fund, c/o Nancy Mathews, Treasurer, 3000 Connor Street #9, Salt Lake City, UT. 84109.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 7th at 10:30 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 East 3300 South Salt Lake City, Utah, 84109. Interment will follow at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, UT, 84106. Viewings will be held on Friday January 6th from 7 9 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church and one hour prior to the memorial service.