– Betty, 78, died August 8, 2019 in Salem after an
extended illness. She was born April 27, 1941 to Clifford
and Louise (Hafner) Stuhr at the Brown House Hospital in
Stayton. She had an older brother, Clifford John “Jack”
Stuhr. She grew up and worked on the family farm on Silver
Ridge Road near Silver Falls State Park. She picked many
strawberries in the fields on the family farm. She was a
country girl and a Girl Scout earning many badges. She
attended grade school and high school in Silverton. She
attended public school in Silverton except for 2nd
grade and 6th grade when she attended private
Catholic School. In second grade, she had her First Holy
Communion, and in sixth grade, she had her Confirmation into
the Catholic Church.
October 13, 1956, Betty married Monte Ray Mollet at St.
Paul’s Catholic Church in Silverton. Betty and Monte had
four children over the next five years: Marty, Morey, Margo,
and Marla. Betty was a homemaker during these years.
Following Monte’s work in the logging industry, they moved
from the Stayton/Sublimity area to Reedsport, Lincoln City,
and Grand Ronde. Betty was involved with the Cub Scouts (Webelos)
for the two boys and the Girl Scouts (Brownies) for the two
girls, as well as, the 4-H Clubs. Betty enjoyed long walks
on the beach and hunting agates while living in Lincoln
City. She began working as a waitress and bartender in Grand
Ronde. To earn extra income, she sold Tupperware, and the
family would also hunt Chittam bark to cut, dry, and sell.
years later, she moved to Salem and briefly out of state to
Roundup, Montana and Sugar-Salem, Idaho ultimately returning
to the Salem area.
married Charles “Chuck” Vincent Ekstrom on March 16,
1980 at their home on Battle Creek Golf Course in Salem.
Chuck had three children (Tami, Terri, and Michael) who
became part of her extended family. She lived at and worked
at Battle Creek Golf Course for about 25 years progressing
from a bartender to a highly-valued manager in the Battle
Creek golf pro shop, restaurant, and bar. She was a hard
worker and always ready to pitch in a helping hand. She
spent many happy days golfing with Chuck and their friends
and enjoying their home on the golf course. Betty was a good
cook and made delicious home-cooked meals from scratch.
Betty also sold Avon for years generating wonderful memories
lived in Sublimity from 2011-2019 enjoying her retirement
years. She found a new hobby in reading books because she
finally had the time to enjoy them. Another favorite pastime
was collecting and watching old movies. She especially
enjoyed westerns, history programs, and nature shows. She
loved to work in her flower garden and enjoyed nature.
was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Louise
Stuhr, husband Chuck Ekstrom, former husband Monte Mollet,
brother Jack Stuhr, and son Marty Mollet. She is survived by
her children Morey (Charmaine) Mollet, Margo (Daniel)
Standley, and Marla (Bobby) Drake, seven grandchildren, and
four great grandchildren.
you to Willamette Valley Hospice and Mary & Kathy at the
Kindred Hearts Care Home in Salem. Memorial donations may be
made to the American Cancer Society. A graveside service
will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 11:00 am at
Union Hill Cemetery. Serving
the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.