1926 Betty 2014

Betty Lou Robert

October 15, 1926 — February 5, 2014

Our beloved mother transitioned to the "Happy Hunting Grounds" in the evening hours of February 5, 2014. Born in the year of the Tiger, she fully embraced life, and was a shining example of how to enjoy life to the fullest, much like her namesake, Betty Boop. Widow since 1975 of Paul C. Robert (an Army Air Corp Captain Aviator in WWII), Betty was born in Anaheim , CA and lived up and down the West Coast. She has deep roots on the Peninsula. Her parents, Philip Beal and Adelaide (nee Begg) Beal met at the Taylor Hotel (now Adelaide 's in Ocean Park ) and married in 1922 at the Pacific County Court House, before moving to Huntington Beach , CA . She was the granddaughter of Maud and William Begg (shipwrecked Scottish sailor from the 3-masted barque, Glenmorag, in 1896). Maud was born in Oysterville in 1883. Her great-grandparents were W.D. and Adelaide (nee Stuart) Taylor (born in Bruceport), owners of the pioneer hostelry, the Taylor Hotel . Before building the Taylor House in Ocean Park , W.D. built a home in Oysterville and was sheriff there. Her great-great-grandfather was Charles Stuart, one of the men who crossed the plains with Dr. Elijah White to found Pacific City , predecessor of Ilwaco in 1849. Stuart was later one of the pioneer oystermen of the first settlement, Bruceport, on Shoalwater Bay and staked a land claim at Stuart's Slough . Betty's great-great-grandmother, Ophelia, was a Quiniault/Chinook princess and medicine woman. In addition to Adelaide, Charles and Ophelia had two sons, both renown watermen. After falling in love with Paul on a blind date, Betty and Paul (a pilot who obtained his pilot's license before his driver's license) made their homes in Long Beach, Bellflower, and Reseda, CA; Kalama and Vancouver, WA; and Fresno, Sacramento and San Jose, CA. Betty worked at the Willow Glen Branch of Bank of America in San Jose for 20 years before moving to Salem , OR in 1989. She moved to Golden Sands in Klipsan Beach in 2011 to be closer to her youngest daughter, Paula. While living at Golden Sands, Betty enjoyed playing poker, bridge, bingo and her favorite pastime, Happy Hour! Betty was an extraordinarily kind, loving and cheerful person who will be dearly missed by her surviving two daughters, Sally Robert (Ron Polte) of Mill Valley, CA and Paula Preston (Buck) of Ocean Park; and her nephew Phil Allen (Nancy) of Long Beach, WA. Betty's only sister, Eva, aka "Ewee," predeceased her. Betty Boop was a modernist. She would ask that tears not be shed, but instead a toast be made to remember the great times she shared with everyone. A private graveside service took place at the Ocean Park Cemetery. Her guestbook is available at http://www.penttilaschapel.com/

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