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Betty F. Plane

March 19, 1937 - February 27, 2016

Betty Faye (Rippy) Plane, age 78, died peacefully at home as two of her daughters held her hands and whispered goodbye mama.  Betty was born March 19, 1937, in Craig, Colorado, the daughter of Ollie and Frances (Daum) Rippy.

Betty enjoyed knitting, crocheting, embroidering, painting, ceramics, cake making, decorative eggs, and traveling.  All you had to do is visit her home to see examples of all of her talents.  She would tell you that some of the best years of her life were spent traveling around the Northwest with George in their motorhome.

In 1950 Betty met George Plane in Craig Colorado, and on May 20, 1955 they were married and moved to Oregon.  In 1956 they returned to Colorado and spent 7 years in Craig before returning to Oregon, where they spent the rest of their lives.  They were blessed with four children, one boy and three girls.  She was a loving wife, mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend.

In addition to raising their children she also became a professional cake decorator, taught classes, was active with school functions, leading 4-H and scout clubs, and a member of Royal Neighbors.

Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband George, her parents Ollie and Frances Rippy, her brother Albert, and her sister Edith.  She is survived by her sister, Judy Kappel, her four children: Ken "Red" Plane of Allen Texas; Lorene Kittelson of Salem Oregon; Jan Hessman of Meridian Idaho; and Glenda Smith of Salem Oregon, 13 Grandchildren, 14 Great-Grandchildren, along with numerous other relatives and close friends. 
Per Betty’s wishes no services will be held.   George and Betty’s ashes will be laid to rest by their children in the Daum family cemetery located in the Spring Creek area of the Great Divide in Colorado.

Betty has been reunited with her lifelong love, George.  She wanted everyone to remember her with smiles, and not with tears!


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Seeing the look on Grandpa and Grandmas face when the family and I made the drive to Oregon 3 years ago was priceless. They were so excited to see the great-grandchildren, and me too of course. Grandpa and Grandma Plane, I love y'all! Thank you for everything!

Where does a child start, when they want to let you know just how much they love you?  You were always there when I needed you, even if it was simply to say "I love you".  You have left so many wonderful memories in my heart, like the trip you and I took to CA when I was in high school; the many dresses you made for me, including my wedding dress; the times you took us kids to the coast; when you would ripe out my knitting (to correct a mistake) when I couldn't do it; how you would come to all of our sporting events; and all the wonderful ways you shared your LOVE with your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  
I know that several times over the past few months, when I asked how you were doing, you would simply pat your chest and say empty.  I am so thankful that I was there to say good-bye and so relieved to know that you no longer had that empty feeling, because you were reunited with daddy.  You will never again have to reply "I feel empty"!
Give daddy a big hug from me...  I miss and love you both so very much!
Good-bye mama, I love you...  Jan