Elisabeth Tice – Feb. 6, 1916 – Oct. 8, 2011
Elisabeth Ruth (Betty) Tice died peacefully on October 8th. She was 95 years old. She was born in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England on February 6, 1916 to Evelyn Beatrice Morgan and Harry Bean Street. Her brother Peter was born 2 years later.
The family emigrated to the United States in 1924, following her father’s untimely death, and settled in Portland, Oregon. She attended St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, boarding school at St. Margaret’s in Victoria, BC, and earned a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC.
Betty married James G. Tice on May 14, 1943 in Memphis, TN. They were married for 40 years. He died in 1983. Although officially a “housewife”, Betty supported and volunteered at many organizations such as Campfire, (was a counselor at Camp Namanu), AAUW, Planned Parenthood, National Organization for Women, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and was an early member of the Grey Panthers, an advocacy organization for the rights of the elderly supported by then, congressman, Ron Wyden. She was proud to have purchased the first issue of Ms. Magazine. Betty also volunteered in the Rental Sales Gallery at the Portland Art Museum. She was city and Oregon state PTA President, and taught adult education classes at PCC. She also kept the books for the family hardware manufacturing business, Tice Industries. She was a life-long member of Waverly Heights Congregational United Church of Christ where she taught Sunday school and was active in the Women’s Fellowship. Betty also enjoyed gardening, doing calligraphy, and was a fan of Asian art.
She is survived by daughters Nancy Tice and Rebecca Pellechi, son John Tice, grandsons Scott and Aaron, great-grandson Oscar, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to sincerely thank the staff for the wonderful care she received for many years at Encore Senior Village, and Adventist Hospice Care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Waverly Heights UCC Church, or to one of the organizations she supported.