June 5, 1947 - August 24, 2012
Betty, 65, went to be with the Lord peacefully in her sleep following her battle with breast cancer on August 24, 2012.
Betty was born on June 5, 1947 in Moscow, Idaho to Lois and Charles Chamberlain. She graduated from Cottage Grove High School in 1965 and after high school attended the Oregon College of Education. Through a close school friend, she met the love of her life Ralph Thompson and on April 27, 1968 they were married. After starting their married life at the Ripplebrook Ranger Station, they eventually settled down in the town of Glide (North Umpqua Ranger Station) where they raised their three children. Betty worked periodically throughout the years for the U.S. Forest Service as a secretary and at the front desk providing information to the public for approximately 12 years. For the past three years, she worked for the BLM as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Wildwood Recreation Site near Welches, Oregon. There she made numerous friends with the volunteer hosts and worked with the public - something she truly loved to do throughout her working career.
Betty was devoted to her family, especially her husband, three children and seven grandchildren, and boy did she love to spoil her grandchildren!! Her love was limitless. She was always willing to help someone through a tough time, whether that was a co-worker, acquaintance, or child that needed a positive influence in their life. Everyone that knew Betty also knew that she loved to cook and no one would go hungry, even at hunting camp early in the morning. Her specialty though was to bake, especially her famous pies. She also loved to read the bible, pencil draw, paint, read books, watch movies, take walks, watch her grandchildren’s sporting events, and hike a trail along a river or to a waterfall or scenic vista. Betty will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Betty is survived by her husband Ralph; their three children: son, Rod and his wife Sara Thompson; daughter, Amy and her husband Kevin McMorrow; and daughter, Carmen and her husband Eric Slothower; her seven grandchildren: Emma, Brendan, Justin, Baylee, Bryce, Breanna, and Brielle. Betty is also survived by her sister Luana and brothers Walt and Chuck. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Steve.
A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at Seven Springs Event Center on September 29, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 8p.m. in Glide, Oregon. People wishing to donate may make donations to the Betty Thompson Memorial Fund at Unitus Community Credit Union or to Compass Oncology (Attn: Michelle Howell, 1498 SE Tech Center Place, Suite 240, Vancouver, WA 98683). Donations to Compass Oncology will go directly to people and programs that deal with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, the type of cancer Betty had.