Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Doig

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ DoigBetty Doig passed away in her home in Ridgecrest, California, on May 24. She was 91.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 3, at 9 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

Visitation and rosary will be held at Holland & Lyons Mortuary on Friday, June 2, starting at 1 p.m. (rosary at 2:30 p.m.)

Betty was born and grew up in Huntington, W. Va., the seventh (and youngest) daughter in a family of eight children. She moved to China Lake in 1951, following her sister, Mary Martin, to the valley. Betty and Mary would be nearly inseparable for the next 50-plus years. Betty went to work at NOTS, where she worked for some of the Station’s more interesting powers, including Dr. Highberg and CAPT [VADM] Tom Connolly. More importantly, she met physicist Leroy L. Doig, Jr., who she married in 1955. Together, Betty and Roy raised four children.

She was a lifelong volunteer, spending decades supporting St. Ann’s parish and school, including as a founding planner of the St. Ann’s Bazaar. She also gave her time and talent to the Maturango Museum, WACOM, and many other community organizations.

Betty was devoted to her family and friends. She loved to entertain, especially with her adored Roy at her side. She could pull off any event, from cocktail parties to bridge luncheons, from pool parties for her children’s classes to massive Fourth of July barbecues, to sit-down Thanksgiving dinner for 50 or so of her closest relations. She was especially noted for her imaginative cooking and cakes and her handmade Thanksgiving place cards. Betty also was an avid bridge player and a proud Life Master.

Betty leaves behind her four children: Leroy, Jeanne, Matthew, and Alan; Philip and Mary Lee; grandchildren and a handful of great grandchildren; uncountable beloved nephews and nieces . . . and many well-loved friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests friends consider a donation in her name to St. Ann’s . . . and that they do something nice for someone.

— Submitted by the family of Elizabeth Doig

Story First Published: 2017-06-02