Elizabeth Ann "Betts" Roth, of Cherokee Village, a retired educator and author, died Feb. 23, 2007, at the age of 87. A long time resident of Cherokee Village Betts was born in Duluth, Minn., on March 19, 1919, the only child of her parents, Ivy N. and Alois T. Roth, now deceased.
After graduating from Miss Wood's School in Minneapolis, Minn., she earned a bachelor's of science degree from George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tenn., and went on to earn a master's of arts degree from Columbia University in New York. For the next five years (1945-50) she taught in the Duluth Public Schools and at the University of Minnesota, Duluth branch.'
During the next 25 years, she established her professional career as an associate professor of early childhood education at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. She was a member of several professional organizations including Kappa Delta Pi, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Association of University Professors. During these years she authored several books on early childhood education and penned a number of articles as instructional resources for Iowa's Midland Schools.
After retiring in 1976, she moved to Cherokee Village where she became actively involved as a member of the League of Women Voters, a member of the election board, a charter member of Friends of Homeless Animals, an enthusiastic member of the Great Decisions Group and an involved participant in her community's property owners association.
She is survived by her special friend of many years, Marshall Schools, as well as by other friends and loved ones whose lives she touched in memorable ways.
After cremation, a tombstone will be inscribed in her memory in the Forest Hills Cemetery in Duluth, Minn., beside her parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Roth Scholarship Fund at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, or to a charity of ones choice. Arrangements were under the direction of the Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Ark.