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Betty Ruth Watkins


August 27, 2013

Betty Ruth Watkins, 86, of Foster passed into Eternity Sunday with her four beloved children by her side at Evergreen Samaritan Hospice in Albany after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Moxee, Washington to Fred and Ruby (Morrison) Emmerson.

She met the love of her life Jerry Watkins in Washington after World War II and they were married May 24, 1946. The couple moved to Foster in 1948 where they raised their four children. Jerry passed away in August 1991.

Betty’s beautiful yard is a testament to her love of flower gardening and she tended her flowers until a week before her passing.

She loved camping, fishing, traveling and watching the Mariners or Trail Blazers play. Betty inspired all those who knew her as she battled cancer and continued her life’s adventures. She enjoyed hot air ballooning in Arizona, four-wheeling in the desert, Mariners spring training, camping and riding to her 85th birthday party on a Harley motorcycle with her grandson Chuck.

Betty will always be remembered by her love and devotion to her family.

Her treasured grandchildren counted on her to be the pitcher when they were ready for a a ball game and the past 40 years found her cheering them on at countless ball games and school events. When they came to Grandma’s they found the best toys and Starbursts.

She was an honored guest at their weddings and welcomed the new spouses with open arms. Betty never forgot a birthday and her family and friends could count on a birthday card coming to them in the mail.

Betty will be forever missed by her beloved daughter Coreen and Jim Melcher; son Larry (Butch) and Cindy; daughter Patti and Ed Nieman; son Terry; treasured grandchildren: Jamie Melcher Bil-yeu, Shari (Jody) Melcher Smith, Shauna (Chuck) McIntyre, Matt Melcher, Bryce (Gena) Nieman, Kyle (Kirsten) Nieman, Blayne (Suzie) Watkins, Kara (Jason) Watkins Enright and great-grandchildren: Brenton, Jared and Ashley Bilyeu, Nick McIntyre, Colton, Carson and Danielle Smith, Bryn and Grey Nieman, Talitha, Dinah, Bronson and Lael Watkins and Trey and Brohdy Enright who will be joined by a sister in January.

She will lovingly be remembered by her siblings: Nona Gere, Dolly Kerr, Joyce (Harold) Albert and Warren (Bud) Emmerson in Washington and her many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Betty visited them often and those times were filled with laughter, shopping, cooking and traveling.

Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Lewis Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made in Betty’s memory to the Roy Johnston Park fund at the Boys and Girls Club. 890 18th Avenue, Sweet Home, Ore-gon 97386.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.


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