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Bette Hoge Sawyer, 79, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 12, 2002, at her home in Reno, Nev.
A private service is planned.
Bette Norene Hoge was born on May 22, 1923, to Earl and Mary Hoge in Baker City. She was graduated from Baker High School in 1941.
Her parents were associated with Hoge-Wells Supply Co. in Baker City. The family moved to Reno, Nev. It was there Bette met future husband, Grant Sawyer.
They married in 1946 in Washington, D.C., where Grant was attending Georgetown University Law School. In 1928, the Sawyers moved to Elko, Nev. There they reared their only child, Gail, who survives them and lives at Las Vegas, Nev.
As wife of the late Governor Grant Sawyer, Bette was first lady from 1958 to 1966. Her husband died in 1996.
Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Nevada Medical School or the Grant Sawyer Studies at the University of Nevada at Reno.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 20, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor