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Betty D. Bethel
December 4, 1935 – February 18, 2018

Salem – Betty, 82, died February 18 in her home surrounded by loved ones in Salem. She was born on December 4, 1935 in Ellis, KS. to Fred and Jennie Knieling, and moved to Marion at a young age. In 1952 moved to Antelope then returning to the Willamette Valley to raise her family. Together Betty and Darrel started a construction company with Betty doing a lot of the finish work as well as keeping books.  As the company grew she became its bookkeeper.

Betty enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading and traveling and was an amazing quilter.  Betty and Darrel lived in many places settling on the East side of the state in their later years.  She spent many years in Burns enjoying hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, mushroom hunting and many long drives enjoying nature.  Later they moved back to Antelope where she spent most of her time tending her home.  She moved back to the valley after Darrel’s passing in October 2016.  She spent the last 10 months of her life happily making her house a home, working in her yard and being near her family.

She is survived by her 3 beautiful daughters: Susan (Dean) Swank of Burns, Cindy (Steve) Schmaltz of Salem and Laurie (Alan) Jensen of Fort Myers, FL; brother: Jim Knieling of Salem; sister: Alvina Baker of Fresno, CA; six grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, daughters, Linda and Kathy, two brothers and 5 sisters.

A memorial service will be Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Calvary Lutheran Church in Stayton. Contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice or Calvary Lutheran Church. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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