Our beloved wife, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, Betty Berns passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2014, at the age of 92. Betty was born on December 14, 1921, in Eugene, Oregon, to Isaac and Laura Derrick and graduated from Tillamook High School in 1940. She and her husband, Frank were married in Tillamook on September 28, 1940, where they lived for a few years before locating to Lebanon, Manzanita, Medford, Glendale and settling in the Roseburg area in 1963, before retiring to Myrtle Creek. They also traveled for many years as snowbirds to Arizona. Betty worked alongside her husband in their business, Frank Berns Trucking, until 1983 and then tirelessly devoting herself to Frank in his later years until his death in 2008.
Throughout her life, Betty had a love of animals, especially her dogs, which she loved like her children. She also loved to crochet and made many afghans, doilies and tablecloths for family members.
Betty leaves behind a larger than life legacy of family whom she was devoted to and loved. She is survived by her loving daughters, Shirley Rooke and husband Don; Barbara Sutch and husband Steve, Jr.; brother-in-law, Charles Berns and wife Patricia; six grandchildren: Connie and Don Vinson; Terri Day; Shari Germond; Frank Rooke; Mike Sutch, and Susan and Chuck Martin; three step-grandchildren, Mike Rooke; Steve Rooke and Kris Fitzgerald. She enjoyed 11 great-grandchildren: Ashley and Jeremy Medley, Jessica Vinson, Courtney and Michael Graziano, Meghan Stewart, Nathan Vinson, Olivia Stewart, Joshua Sutch, Gabrielle Stewart, Katie Germond, Nick Stewart and Isaac Sutch; three great-great-grandchildren, Jadyn Medley, Laine Sutch and Reagan Armstrong; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends living in Roseburg, Myrtle Creek and across the country.
Betty’s family wants to thank Dr. Jorgensen and his staff, Adam’s House in Myrtle Creek and Umpqua Valley Nursing and Rehab for their love and care. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local animal shelter in her name.
Friends and family are invited to join us for a graveside service, Saturday, January 18 at 11 a.m., to be held at Roseburg National Cemetery in the Committal Shelter. Following the service, come and share your memories and stories of Betty at Elmer’s Restaurant, with lunch provided.