Betsy May Stuller
September 23, 1924 - March 22, 2020
Betsy was born to Cora and Gail Brunson in Astoria, Oregon. Six weeks later they shipped out to an Army base in the Philippines. They returned to Astoria when she was 13. She graduated Astoria High School, Class of ’42. After a year at Willamette University, she joined the Army and served as a MedTech for the duration of the war. Returning to Oregon, she re-enrolled at Willamette where she met her future husband, John. They married in 1948. In 1952 she graduated from Willamette. By 1953 she had four children under the age of 5.
From 1962 to 1988, Betsy worked for the State Accident Insurance Fund. She also had a real estate license, was a founding member of Morningside United Methodist Church, and served on the Board of Jason Lee Manor and the Salem Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She held many positions at church camps, including as the “Tie-dye Grandma”. She also volunteered at Morningside Elementary School, the Salem Food Bank and the soup kitchen.
Betsy is survived by her four children and their spouses: Bernice Duckrow and Donna
Faith Eldredge, Bob and Ronna Stuller, Jim Stuller and Linda Morley, and Mark Stuller and Lori Hovendon, seven grandchildren: Boaz, Yoav, Serena, Adrienne, Sarah, Anna and Alex, eleven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Betsy’s family knows her loving and adventurous spirit will be kept alive through the people who knew and loved her. She was a joy and a light to many. Help spread that light in her honor. Plant flowers or trees for others to enjoy. Talk to a stranger. Listen.
A celebration of Betsy’s life will be held at a later date at Morningside United Methodist Church, Salem.
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