Betty Lee Laird
Betty Lee was born in Henning, Minnesota to Glen Elmer Bass and Stella Bernice (Nygaard) Bass on December 11, 1928.
She spent most of her younger years in Olney, Illinois on a small family farm with her three sisters, Lorrene, Doris, and Opal. Betty and her family moved to Moses Lake, Washington where she finished her primary education.
She began working at the Laird family business where she met her soon to be husband, Harold Laird. Harold and Betty were soon married and moved to Victorville, California. Betty and Harold had six children, Harold Leslie "Les" Laird, Steve Laird, Carol Laird (Breitbach), Greg Laird, Larry Laird, and Bonnie Laird (Albrich).
Betty was a homemaker and championship cookie baker for the years she spent raising her children.
Betty and Harold returned to Moses Lake, Washington after Steve graduated from high school where they bred Brittany spaniels and began the process of purchasing a service station in Silverton, Oregon. Over the years Betty did the bookkeeping at the service station that was owned by their family.
She also worked at Rowes body shop in Silverton and Willamette business machines as well as delivering newspapers. Betty went on to work at a parts store as a bookkeeper, and parts fulfillment, as well as still delivering newspapers.
Betty and Harold separated in 1985.
Betty went to college to learn to make dentures. She was hired by the program she graduated from and was an instructor until she retired 15 years later.
When Betty retired from the college, she lived on her own for several years in Silverton but with failing health she moved into her son and daughter-in-law's house. After 14 years she moved in with her son, Harold Laird and they helped each other for a couple years.
Betty Laird was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; and her two oldest sons, Harold Leslie "Les" Laird, and Stephen Joseph Laird.
She is survived by her children, Carol Breitbach, Greg Laird, Larry Laird, and Bonnie Albrich; 10 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Carol fondly remembers that Betty encouraged her and Greg to engage in the Future Farmers of America.
Betty was an excellent baker and cook. Betty loved the Phantom of the Opera, growing plants and vegetables. She enjoyed making ceramics, soaps, and read many books. Betty was a resourceful hardworking person who loved her independence. She had a dog friend, Joe, for many years who she loved dearly.
Bonnie remembers all the plants her mom grew including one mom repossessed from her and brought back to life. "Mom had the greenest thumb of anyone I know."
Athena remembers all the wonderful vegetables from her gardens, and that sewing wasn't her thing, but that she worked at it as she knew I enjoyed it.