Betty Flood, a Woodside woman with many interests


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By Dave Boyce

Almanac Staff Writer

Woodside resident Betty Flood, a woman whose many interests over her long life included driving her English sports car, rounding up cattle in the company of cowboys, modeling clothes (briefly) at I. Magnin, and making needlepoint rugs for each of her 22 great-grandchildren, died at home on April 28. She was 94.

Elizabeth Dresser Flood, a San Francisco native, graduated from the prestigious Katherine Delmar Burke School in 1934 and modeled for I. Magnin around this time, relatives said. She married James Flood in 1938 at the Flood Mansion in San Francisco.

The couple honeymooned in Europe and returned with a red Talbot two-seater that Ms. Flood regularly drove in the Woodside May Day parade, relatives said, adding that when in Europe, she liked to visit the Italian Riviera town of Lerici.

The couple moved to Woodside in 1939 and raised four children there. Ms. Flood was active in the Woodside Trail Club and a riding group led by notable riding instructor Colonel Vladimir "Milo" Miloradovitch, relatives said.

At the time of the signing of the United Nations charter in San Francisco in 1945, dignitaries, some of whom became lifelong friends, visited the Flood's Woodside home, relatives said.

Ms. Flood was a watercolorist, an accomplished equestrian into her 90s, and a weekly volunteer serving lunch to the needy at St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room in Menlo Park, relatives said. She enjoyed ringing a bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas and volunteered with the Red Cross during World War II.

She loved gardening, Halloween, April Fool's day and stacking a "perfect cord" of firewood, relatives said. The winter picnic, held just before Christmas in a barn or pasture, was the highlight of the year for the entire family.

Ms. Flood was preceded in death by her husband and is survived by her daughters Judy Wilbur and Elizabeth Stevenson; sons Jim Flood and John Flood; nine grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, relatives said.

Relatives recommend gifts in Ms. Flood's name be made to St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room at 3500 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, 94025, or Pets in Need at 871 5th Avenue in Redwood City, 94063.

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