Mythen, Betty Norene |

Mythen, Betty Norene

Courtesy photo/Sierra SunBetty Norene Mythen

Betty Norene Mythen died Dec. 29, 2007, at the age of 80.Betty was born April 23, 1927, in Turlock to Lester and Edna Norene.She was raised in Modesto with her cousin as a sister. She attended school in Modesto until high school when her family moved to Richmond. She graduated from Richmond High in 1945 (where she met her future husband Donald Mythen). Betty attended the University of California at Berkeley until 1950, when she married Donald Mythen. She interrupted her education to help Don through Pharmacy School. During that time, she worked in research as a bacteriologist. Betty and Don were married for 54 years; he died in 2004.After raising her family, Betty returned to school and completed the RN program at Contra Costa College and earned a bachelors degree in Health Sciences from Chapman University. Betty worked at Doctors Hospital of Pinole for more than 25 years as a critical care nurse and as Director of Inservice Education. She was also a certified diabetes educator and was president of the BAADE in 1988. She cofounded the Diabetes Support Group at Doctors Hospital in 1984. Betty became a CPR instructor in 1974 and over the years taught thousands the life saving skills of Basic and Advanced Life Support.Betty was an energetic, kind and loving person, with a wonderful wit, sense of humor and had a fantastic laugh!She is survived by a daughter, Carol, her husband, Jim McMahon, and their daughters, Lauren and Kaitlyn; and a son, Daniel, his wife, Stacie, and their daughter, Amanda, and son, Kellan; and a cousin, Dorothy Strother Nordeen; and Bettys two cats.Services will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary, 10126 Church St., Truckee. A Memorial reception will be held for friends and family in the Bay Area in February. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Bettys memory to Fisher Center for Alzheimers Research Foundation, One Intrepid Square, West 46th St. andamp; 12th Ave., New York, NY 10036. For more information, visit

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