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Bette Marie Richey

December 7, 1940 April 22, 2018
Bette Marie Richey
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With faith, strength, and courage, Bette Marie Richey battled cancer these past two years. She passed quietly into the loving arms of Jesus on April 22, 2018 at Parkland Assisted Living in McMinnville with her sister and friend at her side.
Bette was born to Ralph S. and A. Marie Backer (Henson) in Virden, New Mexico on December 7, 1940. Her loving grandparents and an aunt also helped raise her there.
In 1945 her mother remarried. The three lived in Oregon and Irvin M. Hahn adopted her. She attended school in Amity, Oregon, graduating in 1958. Bette loved cooking with Grandma and playing cards with Grandpa on the Hahn farm just outside Amity. She treasured her friends, and enjoyed playing saxophone in the school band.
Bette attended business school in Salem, Oregon and worked as a bookkeeper for several businesses in McMinnville from 1963 until 1977 when she was diagnosed with MS. Her strength in accepting the limitations and pain associated with the disease is a testament to her faith.
Frank M. Richey and Bette were wed on September 5, 1965. They enjoyed overnight excursions to the beach and camping in their travel trailer. Many fun times were had with Frank's son and wife and the three grandsons. She was devoted to him until his death in 1993.
Bette loved the Lord and had devotional time daily. In a recent conversation with her sister, she explained, "What matters is what God wants. It's always good."
Passions of Bette's were many. She especially enjoyed baking and loved sharing her goodies with friends and family. At Christmas she shared her specialty, peanut brittle. She had a knack for growing things and loved caring for her plants and small vegetable garden. She canned and crafted. She jumped at every opportunity to go out to eat. She and her across-the-street neighbor, Nancy, became more like sisters. The phone was her friend. She loved to laugh.
Bette was a caretaker. Not only did she care for Frank when he was ill with cancer and subsequently died, she unselfishly cared for their friend, Al Singleton, after his stroke and until his death. Al and Bette enjoyed road trips to New Mexico to visit her family and California to visit his.


Oh, how Bette followed the Trail Blazers, even keeping personal stats. She and her "Auntie Dot" would talk on the phone during much of each televised game. Aunt and Neice had a special bond and kept in contact daily. Just two Christmases ago Bette attended a Blazers game with Dave. She had a grand time in the box seat where she was totally pampered. The Mahn's, Dave and Naomi and three boys, were her cherished adopted family and lived nearby.
Bette is survived by her sister, Carol Jo Hahn of Albany; aunt, Dorothy McKee of Newberg; stepson and wife, Frank and Wendy Richey of Salem; three grandsons and their families, and nine cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, an infant sister, and two unborn children. An aunt, uncle, and cousin also passed prior to her.
So many friends will miss her smile and the sound of her laughter.
A celebration of life will be held at Lafayette Community Church, 365 3rd ST, Lafayette, Oregon, on May 19th at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, family is suggesting contributions to the MS Society of Oregon or to her church.


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celebration of life

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19

May

1:00 PM 5/19/2018 1:00:00 PM
Lafayette Community Church

365 W. 3rd Street
Lafayette, OR 27127

Lafayette Community Church
365 W. 3rd Street Lafayette 27127 OR
United States
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