Eira Tansey’s maternal grandmother.
Elizabeth ‘Grandma Betty’ Dennison was a lifelong activist for social justice. Trained as a nurse, most of her working career she was a dispatcher for the Royal Oak, Michigan Police Department and an active member of AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2396, AFL-CIO.) Her concerns extended also to four-legged creatures in need: any stray cat brought to the department found a caring home with Betty. One of her greatest interests was the Older Women’s League (OWL) which was dedicated to addressing the special problems often faced by older single women. Grandma Betty, as she was affectionately known, taught her values to her children and grandchildren: where there is injustice, you have to take a stand against it; and where there is justice you have to support it. It’s not enough to be for or against something—you have to do something about it. She was for many years a very active member of St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Clawson, Michigan. And if there are social justice committees in Heaven, Grandma Betty is on at least one of them.