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Elizabeth Tator Dissly ’43

Elizabeth Tator Dissly ’43, January 8, 2013, in Louisville, Kentucky. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Betty grew up in Portland. Her sister and brother, Marjorie Tator McDonald ’34 and Kenneth Tator ’28, were graduates of Reed. Betty attended Reed for a year and there met Donald D. Dissly ’43, whom she married in 1942. She later graduated from Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned a BS from [State] University of New York. She worked at California Technical Institute, the Southeastern Indiana Rehabilitation Center, and United Cerebral Palsy in Pennsylvania. She volunteered at Bridgehaven Crisis Center and did tutoring at Seven Counties in Oldham County, Kentucky. Betty kept journals about her travels and took pleasure in doing needlework, reading, studying birds, growing flowers, and playing cards. Known to family and friends as “Lady Elizabeth,” she was treasured for her diverse interests and her sense of humor. Survivors include two daughters, three grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Donald died in 2007.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2013

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