Oct. 24, 1940 - Sept. 30, 2012
Betty Lou (Breshears) Martin passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. Betty was born Oct. 24, 1940, to Jake and Ruby (Dietz) Breshears in Fairfield, Missouri. She married William Martin March 11, 1960, in Moro, OR.
Betty's greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family hunting, fishing, and rock hounding or just being together. She loved winters spent in Arizona, riding 4-wheelers, golfing and visiting friends. Betty especially enjoyed teasing Bill about her bow-hunting and getting a bigger buck than he did. She also liked to tell the story of her move to Oregon in 1949, with her parents and (then) six siblings in an old car that took them 11 days from Missouri and arriving in Bend with less than $1 left, searching for a better life. They found it in Bend and in 1957, the family moved to Sisters, where she met her future husband at high school. Bill and Betty Lou were married for over 52 years.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Bill; son, Wes (Madelyn) of Bend; son, Wayne (Gisele) of Carlton, OR; daughter, Tana (Cosme) Lopez of Bend; five grandchildren, Jessica (Coby) Umstead, Martin (Caitlin) Lopez, Jacob (Kari) Martin, Jamie Lou (Dave) Nye, Keely (Ken) Lopez/Binder; great granddaughters, Emma Martin, Libby Martin, McKenna Lou Nye, Abigail Martin and soon to be born, Olivia Nye. Betty is also survived by 7 brothers and 3 sisters, Kenneth Breshears (Milwaukie, OR), Allan Breshears (Elgin. OR), Belvard Breshears (Montana), Gary Breshears (Hubbard, OR), Terry Breshears (Hubbard, OR), Dewey Breshears (Woodburn, OR), John Breshears (Oregon City, OR), Judy Williams (Carlton, OR), Helen Cuddeford (Hubbard, OR), Alleen Doubrava (Hubbard, OR).
A memorial service will be held at the family home, 63333 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR, on Saturday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m., lunch to follow, please dress casual. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children in Betty's memory and love for children; 3101 Southwest Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201.
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