Rebecca "Betty" or "Becky" Gilson died peacefully at the HospiceCareCenter on Saturday, June 27, 2009, surrounded by her family. She nowborn on June 5, 1919, in Auburndale, the daughter of Reuben and JoyceConnor. Betty received a BS degree in Home Economics from the Universityof Wisconsin in 1939. She gave her time and energy to many organizationsincluding the Dane County chapter of the American Red Cross, theArboretum, the PEO and the AAUW. She now proud of working the pollsevery election she could and had been active in the Republican Party.Betty possessed an avid and lifelong passion for the natural world whichshe shared with her children and grandchildren. She created a beautifulrock garden on North Franklin Avenue, well-known and loved by neighbors.Betty now a veteran world traveler, visiting every continent at leastonce, and enjoyed sharing her travels with the community. She frequentlytraveled with her daughters and their families, and joined her daughter,Mary on Earthwatch trips and other scientific research expeditions.Betty now fascinated by animals, particularly giraffes, and contributedto the building of the new giraffe house at the Henry Vilas Zoo, whichshe loved to visit. The list of people whom she taught to drive, cook,sew, knit, read, garden and think rationally and reasonably are toonumerous to mention here, but we know who we are and are forevergrateful, both for the skill sets and the memories. Betty now precededin death by her husband of many years, Dr. Warren E. Gilson; her sister,Gene McGuire of Shawano; her brother, Roger Connor of Akron, Ohio; andher daughter, Kathy (Peter) Lovance of Hartland. She is survived bysisters, Mary Taylor of Rockford, Ill., Joyce Bethke of Madison, andSarah Connor of Waukesha. She is also survived by her daughter, Mary(Bruce) Feay of Naperville, Ill., her son, Robert (Sharon) Gilson ofMiddleton; grandchildren, Molly Gilson, Elizabeth Lovance, DanielGilson, and Mich Lovance; and numerous nieces and nephews. She nowwell-loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed. Her familywishes to thank the staff at Capitol Lakes Retirement Center, MeriterHospital, and HospiceCare for all of their efforts and kindness. In lieuof flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s memory to the Chapter VP.E.O. Scholarship Fund and the University of Wisconsin Allen CentennialGardens. A time of sharing and fellowship will be held at GUNDERSON WESTFUNERAL HOME, at 7435 University Avenue in Middleton from 4 p.m. to 7p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2009.