Elizabeth "Bette" Hoye passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017, from acute leukemia.
She was born Sept. 15, 1925, in Craigmont. Her parents, Jerry and Lu Simpson, owned and edited the Lewis County Register.
She attended elementary and high school in Craigmont and was on the girl's basketball team. She also performed as a drum majorette.
After graduating in 1943, she continued her education at the University of Idaho for a semester until a wartime long-distance romance with a handsome young lieutenant and U.S. Army Air Corps pilot, John "Jack" Hoye, led to their marriage on April 8, 1944; a union that lasted 73 years.
A daughter, Connie, was born in 1945, and a son, Jim, in 1954. Because of Jack's military and aviation career, the family moved many times all over the United States and even to England for several years.
Bette and Jack purchased a small ranch in Glenns Ferry, Idaho, after Jack's retirement from the Air For and spent a number of years rasing and selling Arabian horses. Bette served one term as president of the Intermountain Arabian Horse Association and energetically promoted the breed.
She helped her husband build a Pitts Special airplane and was please to support his flight interests.
Bette is survived by her husband, Jack; daughter Connie; son Jim; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
No services are planned.