Dec. 27, 2011 Alameda Alameda County California, USA
Betty Jane Mathias, 88, passed away December 27, 2011 at a care facility in Alameda. She graduated from Fremont High School in Oakland in 1941 and attended Merritt Business School and San Francisco State University. Betty headed her own public relations agency and was the publicity director for many community causes, events and programs including the United States National Figure Skating Championships in Berkeley, the Oakland Area War Chest and Community Chest, the American Legion, East Bay Chapter National Safety Council, and the Salk polio vaccine field trials in Alameda. She worked as a reporter and teen news editor of the Daily Review in Hayward, and was editor of the East Bay Magazine and past president of East Bay Women's Press Club. Betty was later director of corporate communications for Systech Financial Corp. and vice president of corporate communications, community affairs and special projects for Consolidated Capital Realty Service. She volunteered and served on the boards of many organizations including the Family Center at Children's Hospital Medical Center Northern California, Oakland YWCA, American Red Cross and March of Dimes. Betty was a member of the USO-Travelers Aid Society and Women's Ambulance Transport Corps and also was active in the United Service Organizations and Shrine Hospitality Centers, Oakland. She was a publicist for the Oakland Area War Bond Committee and chair of the communication arts advisory committee at Ohlone College and was president and founder of the SF Bay Area chapter of the National Reyes Syndrome Foundation. Betty moved to Sonora in 1986 and was active with Columbia Actors' Repertory and volunteered at the Tuolumne County Library, Community Christmas Eve Dinner, Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce, "Back to the Future III" movie set tour, and the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau and Film Commission. She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Mathias is survived by her daughter, Dena Royale Mathias, of Sonora, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents, Royal Franklin Mathias and Dollie Bell (Bowman) Mathias, sister, Emily Mathias, brother and sister-in-law, William and Jean Mathias.