Beloved Betty Gordon’s memorial Tuesday at the library

By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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What:  Betty Gordon memorial tribute

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday

Where:  Lincoln Public Library, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive

Info:  434-2410

  She was Mrs. Claus and Harvey the Rabbit’s sister. And perhaps, most memorably, a fairy tale character.  As Mother Goose, Betty Gordon was a beloved figure to scores of Lincoln’s young children at the Lincoln Public Library’s “Mother Goose on the Loose” program.

Gordon died on July 18 at age 92.

Since Gordon was so vital to the Lincoln Public Library, a memorial tribute will be held there Tuesday.

Gordon brought magic to “Mother Goose on the Loose,” a music and storytelling program begun in 2010 for children under the age of 4, according to library manager Kathryn Hunt.

“To the hundreds of toddlers she interacted with over the years, it was as though Mother Goose had stepped out of the storybook just to share nursery rhymes with them,” Hunt said.

Gordon’s warm and open nature made her a favorite with local children, Hunt said.

“They would wait in line to say goodbye to her before heading home,” Hunt said. “It never grew old to see how the children’s eyes would light up when she would turn the head of her goose puppet, making it seem as though it were alive and waiting for story time to start.”

In a July 2014 article in The Lincoln News Messenger, Gordon said she was drawn to the Mother Goose program “because it was an opportunity to interact with little ones again.”

Gordon loved people and people loved her, according to Mary Nader, Friends of the Lincoln Library president.

“We all wanted to be her daughters. She was so humble, so loving. There could never be another like her,” Nader said.

A Lincoln Hills’ resident since 2000, Gordon was an active member of the Friends of the Lincoln Library and helped co-found the Lincoln Hills Players Group.

Gordon appeared in many of the Players’ theatrical productions, said her friend, Barbara Greenfield.

“Whatever role she had, the audience was focused on her,” Greenfield said.

Dolly James was Gordon’s friend and cast member in the Players Group’s first production of “Blythe Spirit.”

“Betty was kooky and improvisational and she had such an open heart,” James said. “She never wanted anyone to make a fuss over her. She had such goodness.”

Born Feb. 15, 1925, Gordon majored in speech at University of California at Berkeley and later toured with children’s theater groups in Kansas and California. Pre-deceased by her husband David, she is survived by her son, Lance Gordon.


Carol R. Percy can be reached at or 916-774-7967.