Stayton - Helen
Elizabeth "Betty" Giddings was born to Lee and Mary
Giddings on February 19, 1921, in Albany, Oregon. She died quietly
at home on Saturday, September 15, 2012, surrounded by family.
Betty lived all of her
ninety-one years in Oregon. She graduated from Junction City High
School at age 16 and attended college at the University of Oregon,
where she participated in multiple sports. Her love of sports
continued throughout her life. An inspiration to her family, she
was a Charter Member of the Santiam Golf Course's Ladies 9-Hole
Club and played until she was in her 80s. She also played
volleyball regularly until she was 73. On the weekends, you'd
likely find her watching college football.
Emery met Betty at a party where he was singing and she was
playing piano. She had a car and graciously offered him a ride
home. This lit the
spark on a love affair that burned brightly for more than seven
decades. Dale married "Betts," as he affectionately
called her, on July 9, 1939. They built a life together that was
centered around family and friends and shared hobbies. As a
couple, they played bridge and danced, and formed a life deeply
rooted in the Stayton community. They became well-known as huge
supporters of and contributors to Stayton High School athletics,
starting when their children were in school, and continuing until
Betty's final years. They
had season tickets to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes for 13 years.
They also had season tickets to the Salem Concert Band.
Trivia buffs, they never missed an episode of Jeopardy or Wheel of
Fortune. For the better part of a century, Dale and his Betts were
Choosing to raise her
children before making her foray into the working world, Betty
began working for Santiam Memorial Hospital at the age of 44. She
still managed to put in more than 40 years, retiring a mere two
days before her 85th birthday. People who worked with Betty will
always remember her warm smile, her unique organizational skills,
and her incredible amount of knowledge, referring to her as a
She had so many amazing
qualities, but some of the things her family will remember most
about her include her generosity and constant support, her
contagious laugh, her intelligence and insatiable thirst for
knowledge, the fact that she was never wasteful, and her
unwavering positive attitude and sense of humor--never lamenting
her body's failings and even cracking jokes with doctors right up
until the end. Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma: we will miss you, but
your sweet laugh will echo in our hearts forever.
Betty is survived by her
husband of more than 73 years, Dale Emery, her sons, Clay (Kim)
Emery and Larry (Nancy) Emery, her daughter, Darlene (Rich)
Manning, 9 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren with another on
the way, and three great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by her parents, Lee (1884-1970) and Mary (1885-1967),
brother, Meade (1919-1931) and sister, Marilee (Giddings) Thompson
The family would like to
thank: Dr. Charles Stringham, Terry Humphreys, Leslie Ward, Karen
Schaefer, Jan Cartwright and Santiam Memorial Hospital staff for
their hard work and excellent care. We are eternally grateful.
To honor Betty's memory
and her love of sports, her family has planned an upbeat
Celebration of Life for Sunday, September 23rd, 12:30 p.m., at the
Star Cinema in Stayton. Wear your baseball cap to support Betty as
we recognize the exemplary life she led.
In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions can be made to Stayton High School
Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.