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Elizabeth “Betty” Louise (Stuhr) Mollet Ekstrom
April 27, 1941 – August 8, 2019

Sublimity – 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.

On 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.

A few years later, she moved to Salem and briefly out of state to Roundup, Montana and Sugar-Salem, Idaho ultimately returning to the Salem area.

Betty 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 and friendships.

Betty 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.

Betty 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.

Thank 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.


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