Betty J. Schell

Friday, April 16, 2021

Betty J. Schell, age 88, of Glenns Ferry, passed away at her home on April 7, 2021.

My Mom started this life in 1933 on a farm in Kansas. During her younger years, her family moved between Oklahoma and Kansas. It was in Kansas where she earned her title of Miss Wichita in the 1950’s. She married young which gave her the six children she loved so very much.

Loving her children; wanting to feed and keep a roof over their heads, she decided to go to work for the government. Working her way up, while she was raising her six kids, from washing dishes at the mess hall to a key role in government contracting.

Rising in a man’s working world of the 1960’s and 70’s was hard for a woman, especially a single mother of six children. Seeking out every bit of education she could acquire, she earned her way to having a long-distinguished award-winning career in the Civil Service retiring as a top Civilian Contracting Officer after 30 years.

She loved her family most of all. She loved living in Glenns Ferry, taking pictures, playing cards, restoring old houses and enjoying a beautiful sunny day on the porch. She loved the aspens, especially in the fall.

She never voiced regrets that I heard…except just this one- she never went to see the redwoods.

Always a stable, loving, caring haven in life’s storm for all her children; even unto her last, only asking of her children, kindness towards each other after she leaves this world.

From my perspective it seems her entire life was hoping that her children lived their lives to their fullest potential. Even though she did not agree with the way we lived our lives, she always did her best to support us and our choices. She does not want her children to wait to do the things they want to do in this life or have that single regret when it is their time to leave this earth.

She was a mother first and foremost in her life, as anyone who was welcomed into her home and viewed her personal photo galley could attest. Her legacy, her family, are her greatest accomplishments. She is loved and cherished; she will be missed and celebrated.

Betty is survived by many family, friends and her children: Dena, Daniel, Dennis (Carin), Delanna (Mike), David, Darren; her grandchildren: Elsa (Austin), Nicholas, Steven (Sarah), Sam, Dusty, Seth, Jupiter; her great-grandchildren: Bridget, Elise, Cecily, Elliott, Tracer, Atticus

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Noon, at the VFW Hall, located at VFW Hall 132 E 5th, in Glenns Ferry, and a potluck will follow.

The family ask that in lieu of flowers please donate to the Glenns Ferry Foodbank.