Halfway, Oregon

Betty Maxine Sharp, 87, of Halfway, died April 26, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Pine Baptist Church in Halfway. Interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Pine Baptist Church in Halfway.

Betty Maxine was born Aug. 29, 1919, at Peabody, Kan., to Walter and Bessie Draper Brooks. Betty was raised and educated in Kansas.

Friends fondly recall a story she told of living near the train tracks as a youth in Kansas. As the trains went by, they would throw sparks, and on occasion it resulted in her bedroom catching on fire.

She enjoyed working as a cook and waitress most of her life. In fact she didn’t quit working until she moved to Halfway in 1983 at the age of 73.

Betty enjoyed doing word search puzzles, crocheting and crafts. She was an avid reader and loved going to Friday night bingo. Betty enjoyed her circle of friends, the 7 a.m. phone calls, the trips to Baker City with Shelley and the ice cream cone on the way home, roller derby and watching wrestling on Monday nights with J.P.

She loved her family and looked forward to their phone calls and visits. She will be missed very much, not only by her family, but by all who knew and loved her, her family said.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Debra Boutwell, who died in 2001.

Survivors include three daughters, Beverly Pierson of Reseda, Calif., Betty Joyce and her husband, Charlie Smith, of Mira Loma, Calif., and Donna and her husband, Hank Ogle, of Ledbetter, Ky.; son-in-law, Homer Boutwell of Halfway; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 1, 2007

Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor