Betty Jeanette Barnett died peacefully at her home in Hood River, Ore., on May 14, 2012, after a long battle with multiple cancers. She was born May 24, 1940, to Chester and Bertha Oakes in Monroe, Ore.
Betty attended Monroe Union High School, graduating in 1958. She moved to Hawthorne, Nev., soon after graduation to work for her Aunt Mary, who ran a child care nursery. There she met William Barnett, who was stationed at NAD Hawthorne.
They were married Thanksgiving Day in 1958 at the Methodist church in Monroe. They lived in various locations throughout northern California until retiring and moving to Hood River in 1994.
Betty was an avid reader but also had many other interests, including gardening, sewing, traveling and playing penny slot machines at casinos.
But above all she was interested in being a mother for her three children and helping others. She was an active member of the Hood River Care Center family council and spent many hours volunteering at the care center.
She is survived by her husband Bill, and her two surviving daughters, Cynthia, from Hood River, and Megan, from Portland. Her eldest daughter, Lori, passed away in 2009.
She has three grandsons, all who live in central California: Bill Hayward and Jeremy Morales in Fresno and Joseph Hayward in Visalia.
She is also survived by a sister, Janice, from Monroe, Ore., and three brothers: Don, of Monroe, Ore., Sidney, of Battleground, Wash., and Steven, of Las Vegas, Nev.
No funeral will be held but a celebration of life will be held later. The family suggests donations be sent in memory of Betty to Heart of Hospice, 205 Wasco Loop, Suite 202, Hood River, OR 97031.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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