Betty Marie (Stoneking) Anderson
February 29, 1932 - May 31, 2016
Betty Marie Stoneking Anderson of Turner, Oregon passed away on May 31, 2016 in Salem, Oregon. She was 84.
Betty was born on February 29, 1932 in La Grande, Oregon to Harley Lee Stoneking and Olive Alice McLaughlin Stoneking. She graduated from La Grande High School, attended Eastern Oregon University and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. She married Ted Anderson, also of La Grande, on May 28, 1954 and they moved to New Jersey, settling in Moorestown. In 1993 they retired to an acreage outside of Turner, Oregon.
While caring for their home, raising three girls and volunteering in their school libraries Betty earned a Master’s degree in Library Science from Rowan University. She became a librarian in Moorestown schools and Burlington Community College. Upon moving to Salem Betty spent many hours serving as church librarian and on the Altar Guild at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Betty loved horses. She rode as a princess in the 1950 Union County Stock Show parade and the Pendleton Round-Up parade. As a teen she founded the Clover Leaf Circle Riding Club and was instrumental in establishing horseback riding in 4-H across the state of Oregon. She played flute in La Grande High School's marching band which appeared in the Rose Parade and was also an accomplished pianist.
Betty was known for being good-natured with a ready laugh and sweet disposition. She loved reading, puzzles, gardening, sewing and quilting. She also enjoyed camping and fulfilled a lifelong goal of visiting all 50 states.
Betty is survived by her husband of 62 years, Ted, and three daughters: Linda Doug Smith of Turner, Oregon and grandsons Mike and Jeff; Christine Randy Stouder of Grand Junction, Colorado and grandchildren Jessica and Josh; and Kathy Travis Johnson of Katy, Texas and granddaughter Carly. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Robert Stoneking.
A graveside service will be held at Grandview Cemetery in La Grande at 11am on June 7, 2016 followed by a memorial service at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Salem, Oregon at 1pm on June 12, 2016. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service of Salem.
Contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to the library at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
The family wishes to thank the hospice staff at Tokarski House for their kind, attentive and compassionate care.