Age 88, of Glendale, Oregon, passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Betty was born October 21, 1924, in Thompson Falls, Montana. Betty was the only child of Harry and Erma (Harrington) Schultz. She grew up and graduated from high school in Troy, Idaho. Just north of five foot tall, she played basketball back when girls could only play half-court. Betty met Frank Parker in Wallace, Idaho and they were married in Superior, Montana on Valentine’s Day, 1944. Betty did not particularly enjoy the life of an only child and yearned for a large family. She and Frank would go on to have five children. One of them, Carl Warren Parker, died shortly after his birth in 1951. Frank preceded Betty in death in 1978. Betty is survived by Otis Parker and his wife Verdena of Winston, Oregon; Frankie Barker and her husband Richard of Glendale, Oregon; Pauline Watson of Noble, Oklahoma and Mike Parker and his wife Marian of Winchester, Oregon; grandchildren: Otis Jr., Candice, Robbie, Jennifer, Brittney, Brad; and eight great- grandchildren. After many years of living at remote mining sites from Arizona to northern Washington they settled for several years in Willow Creek, California. Betty then moved to Glendale with husband Frank and son Mike in 1967. Within a few years the other family members joined them in Oregon. Betty soon got a job as a cook at the Hungry Wolf Café in Wolf Creek. She would later cook at the Heaven on Earth, where she was well known for her chili and cinnamon rolls. After she retired from the restaurant, she worked with Senior Services and would visit her elderly clients to keep them company and take them on outings. She would keep this up until she became too elderly and frail herself. Betty also liked to write short stories and some in the Glendale area might remember her monthly column Bits by Betty. Betty suffered from asthma all her life and developed diabetes in her later years. She did not let that stop her from doing what needed to be done. She was well known in her family for her driving skills. While living in a very rural area in the Arizona desert, she would have to drive the three older children about three miles to catch their bus to school. The route traversed a small creek bed without benefit of a bridge. After dropping off the school bound children, she and her youngest would make the trip back to the house. Crossing back across the creek required the Jeep to be shifted into first gear. Once out of the creek, she was required to shift it into second gear, which is close to reverse. Many days she would traverse back and forth across the creek while trying to find second gear and instead finding reverse. More than once, the entire three miles was driven in first gear! When recounting these trips we would laugh so hard it would bring us all to tears. Betty always had a great sense of humor and she didn’t mind laughing at herself. She kept her family and friends laughing with her quips right up to the end. She will be greatly missed by her family and all that knew her well. At Betty’s request there will be no services. Hull and Hull Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Betty Lou Parker
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