Bettie MacInnes
Loved their Palomar cabin
built on the boulders

Elizabeth Walters MacInnes
February 7, 1914 - May 7, 2008

Elizabeth Walters MacInnes, 94, widow of Capt. John N. MacInnes, USNR, and former resident of 649 Margarita Ave, Coronado, CA passed away on May 7, 2008 in Goodyear, AZ after a long illness. "Mac & Bettie have long owned a cabin on Birch Hill, Palomar, which they were delighted to share with their friends and relatives, especially grandson Campbell MacInnes from San Jose, CA and their son Ian of Goodyear, AZ who have had responsibility for the cabin on Palomar for the last ten years. Bettie and "Mac" had a great love for their cabin on Palomar Mountain and often used it to entertain their Coronado friends and as a starting point for wildflower collecting for the Coronado Flower show. All of their grandchildren benefited from the wonderful outdoor opportunities available on Palomar and share their grandparents love for "The Mountain!"

Bettie was born to Aaron and Verna Walters on February 7, 1914 in Mobridge, SD. She received her degree from Winona State University in education and music, and was the soloist with Hal Leonard's Orchestra in Winona, MN.
During WWII Bettie joined the American Red Cross, serving in England from 1943-1944 as a member of Clubmobile Group G. This group served doughnuts and coffee, showed movies, played piano, danced and sang from the stage on the back of a weapons carrier truck. In August 1944 Bettie's Group G landed on Utah Beach and crossed France with General Patton's army. Group G entertained Divisions and Units attached to the 79th, 84th, 104th, 44th, 105th, 35th and 101st Airborne as well as others. Bettie's group was in Germany on VE Day.

Resigning from Red Cross duty in 1945, she subsequently married then Commander John N. MacInnes, a veteran of carrier service in the Pacific campaigns. After a couple of years spent at St. Andrew's School in Middletown, DE where her husband was assistant headmaster, and after his duty during the Korean War, they settled in Coronado, CA in 1951. There, Bettie became an active member of the Coronado Woman's Club, a member and eventually director of the choir at Christ Episcopal Church in Coronado, a charter member of the Coronado Hospital Auxiliary, participant in the Coronado Flower Show and the Coronado Fourth of July Parade. She was a life member of the American Overseas Association of the Red Cross and a former National Vice President of the Clubmobile Association. At 81 she participated in National Senior Olympics winning the gold medal in her age group for the high-jump.

Surviving are her step-children, Ian C. MacInnes of Goodyear, AZ, Jean MacInnes of Bozeman, MT and Gael Mitchell of Willsboro, NY, six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Bettie is in yellow above and at a 'Gab Fest' below with her choral group.

Bettie's husband Mac, on their deck admiring the beautiful views.

Bettie, Mrs. Tallman from La Jolla, Cliff Ellerby from Palomar and "Mac" MacInnes'

Photos and memories from:
Ian and Garnett MacInnes

12831 S. 175th Ave
Goodyear, AZ 85338
623-322-0219

Grandson, Campbell at the cabin on the boulders.

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