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Dorothy Bettis

Obituary of Dorothy Lee Bettis

On August 2, 2020, Dorothy Lee Bettis fell asleep in death at the Rock Cove Care facility in Stevenson, Washington. She was 89 years old. She was born on November 11, 1931 at Grandview, WA. Her parents were Clyde Stafford Cowles and Mildred Genevieve Arnold. The young family moved to Mt. Adams Orchards in Klickitat County in 1936. As her father pursued several occupations, they made several moves, from Bingen to Ft. Raines and then, Stevenson in 1941. She attended the River Christian Church in Stevenson, WA. Her bible was well read and studied. She was very firm in what she believed. Her friends there will miss her. But the fond memories will remain. Dorothy graduated from Stevenson High School in 1949. She was a hard worker and diligent employee. Her first job was Meier and Frank in Portland. Then a stint at the Skamania County Pioneer. Like many local residents she would find work where she could. She never shied away from hard work. She started in the toll booth at the Bridge of the Gods in 1989. She remained there until she finally retired after 13 years. Many locals remember the lady who always smiled as they crossed the bridge. In 1952 she married William Scott Bettis, log truck driver extraordinaire. They built a home on Loop Rd. in Stevenson. After Bill died in 2004 she moved to Carson in 2004. Dorothy lived a full life. She is survived by her daughters, Lynn Griffith of Carson and Trisa Ferdig of Tucson, Arizona. One grandson preceded her in death, Tony Fisk. Other grandchildren are Amy Griffith; Becky Johnson and Sarah Gross. She will be missed. This was an individual, who made a lasting impression on everyone who met her. Dorothy will not be easily forgotten. A memorial service is not scheduled at this time, due to the Covid emergency. The family suggests a memorial donation be made to a charity of your choice in Dorothy’s memory. "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
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