Betty Getman, formerly Betty Gardner, age 83, passed away in Vancouver, Washington, April 28 after a series of long illnesses. A private service is planned for summertime.
Betty Jean Weber Gardner Getman was born May 5, 1933, as Rosalie; her adoptive parents, John Weber and Eva Hughes Weber, named her Betty Jean. Raised Catholic, Mrs. Getman took two saint’s names at confirmation: Theresa and Marie. Betty attended grade school at the McLoughlin Institute in Oregon City; high school at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, and college at Marylhurst, earning a bachelor’s degree in music with honors in classical piano.
In 1955, she married Harold Gardner, who had recently completed his US Air Force tour of duty. They raised four children: Gregory, Kathleen, Julianne and Theresa.
Mrs. Getman spent eight years as the music/choir director at St. John the Apostle Church in Oregon City; then worked at Oregon City Hospital prior to an 11-year position with United Airlines. Subsequently, she was an instructor at International Air Academy in Vancouver, Washington, which she loved.
The couple divorced in 1976 and Harry Gardner died in 1987.
In her later years, Mrs. Getman became passionate about environmental issues, most specifically the health of the Columbia River.
Mrs. Getman’s husband of 19 years, Donald Getman, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Getman is survived by her children: Gregory (Karin) Gardner; Kathleen (Daniel) Corcos; Julianne (Mark) Maguire, Theresa (Charles Bubba) Kuhn, her grandchildren: John, James (Nichole), Joseph (Jillian), Caroline, Amanda, David, Christina (Kevin), Wesley, Anne, James, Rachel, Elizabeth, her great-grandchildren: Brandon, Logan, Cian, Liam, Jamison, Jayna, Delylah, Jonah, Grace and Levi.