August 14, 1924 - April 26, 2015
By Betty: “To all family and friends, thank you for the privilege of loving you."
Betty Sappington passed on April 26, 2015. She was a Hood River, Ore., resident and died in her home at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living. She was born Aug. 14, 1924, in Custer, S.D., to Elizabeth Chapman and Harry Wilford Downing.
When she was 3 years old they left South Dakota and moved to Avery, Colo. The family lived there for one year and then followed family to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She attended schools in Coeur d’Alene before moving to Pilot Rock, Ore., and graduated from Pilot Rock High School in 1942.
Betty was a graduate of Pendleton Public Schools in practical nursing and was employed at the Oregon State Hospital and Columbia Basin Nursing Home. She and her husband operated an adult foster home for 23 years. Her former husbands were Edd Charlton and James Douthit, both of whom have passed away. She later married Bill Sappington in 1972. He passed away in 2002; they were married for 30 years.
Betty is survived by her brother, Clyde Downing, of Renton, Wash.; sons Patrick Douthit, of Bingen, Wash., Allen and Ellen Sappington, of Portland, Ore., Larry and Susan Sappington, of Carson, Wash., and LeVoy Sappington, of Hermitage, Tenn.; and daughters Linda Lopez, of The Dalles, Ore., and Leona Thompson, of Steilacoom, Wash. Betty leaves a legacy of 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Homer Richardson; brother Richard “Dick” Downing; and daughters Sandra Noble and Judith Hachtel.
Services for Betty are planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
Condolences are being received online.