Betty Jane “BJ” Oswald, age 93, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018. She was born October 6, 1924, in Coos Bay, Oregon, to George and Bertha Parker.
B.J. graduated from Marshfield High School in 1942, where she was a drum majorette and a member of Hysoerie Honor Society for junior and senior girls. She is a past Regatta Queen of the Pirates Regatta in Coos Bay. After graduating high school, B.J. was a promotion manager of radio station KOOS and an active member of the Marshfield younger set.
B.J. moved to Sunnyvale, California, where she went to work at Stanford University as a secretary. She met William “Bill” Oswald and they were wed in September of 1976. B.J. was a secretary for many years at Stanford before retiring and moving to Roseburg in 1987.
Bill and B.J. spent many happy years in Roseburg. They were members of St. George Episcopal Church. B.J. was a Master Gardner and she was active in the West Slope Garden Club.
B.J. is survived by her children; a daughter, Joann Wilson of Chugik, Alaska; sons, Lawrence “Hoppy” Parry and wife Sue of Middleton, Idaho, Kenn Parry of Forest Grove, Oregon, and David Parry of Boise, Idaho; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
B.J. was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Oswald; her parents, George and Bertha Parker; and sisters, Beatrice Cavanaugh and Evelyn Horton.
There will a memorial service for B.J. on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at St. George Episcopal Church in Roseburg. Father Jim Boston is officiating. She will be laid to rest at Roseburg National Cemetery with her husband Bill.