Jytte Norgaard Beatty
January 18, 1933 to Nov. 13, 2013
A celebration of life ceremony will be held in January for longtime Felton resident Jytte Norgaard Beatty who died this month. She was 80.
Born in Vejle, Benmark, Mrs. Beatty and her late husband Paul raised their family in Felton since May 1967. Prior to that, she lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, Flagstaff, Ariz. and Vejle.
As a master bookbinder of 40 years at Danksbog in Felton, Mrs. Beatty was a creative artist and expert technician who repaired museum manuscripts, made a book for the Dalai Lama, bound hundreds of family Bibles and PhD theses and once a book in a frog’s skin.
In 1956, she met and married Paul Darl Beatty, earned her citizenship, had two children, Tove and Richard. They moved to Felton in 1967 and the couple became well-known on the active political scene and made many lifelong friends.
In 1983, Mrs. Beatty was the only eyewitness to the Officer Michael Gray shooting, one of her saddest moments. She was a life-long anti-violence advocate and sought a spiritual life.
Family said Mrs. Beatty loved her grandchildren, nieces and nephews; cared for pets as family; and, loved to laugh. An avid gardener, her roses are admired by all.
She is survived by children, Tove Beatty of Felton, and Richard Beatty of Sacramento; sister Rita Norgaard of Norway; two grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and three pets.
She is preceded in death by her husband Paul Beatty, parents Birgitte and Jens Norgaard and siblings Karen, Ingrid, Christian and Gerde.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., Jan. 18, 2014 at Santa Cruz Memorial Mission Chapel, 1927 Ocean Street, in Santa Cruz.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Santa Cruz, 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, Santa Cruz SPCA, 2685 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95065 or disaster relief efforts.