Betty Lou Adamson

Valley Hills Funeral Home

Betty was born Dec. 8, 1946 in a family friend’s home in Grandview, Washington. She moved with her family to Lakeview, Oregon where they resided until 1957 where she attended Lakeview Elementary School. The family then moved to Lake Creek, Oregon then shortly after (1959) to property on Antelope Creek, south of Eagle Point, Oregon, where Betty completed high school in 1965.

From 1959 to 1965, she was a neighbor/friend of Everett Adamson. During November 1965 they became engaged. Eloping to Springfield, Oregon in June, they were married on June 25, 1966. Betty helped Everett complete his degree at Oregon State that year. In 1967, she joined Everett while he was in Officer’s Training School in San Antonio, Texas. From 1967 to February 1972 she served as an Officer’s Wife, assisted in coaching Peewee Baseball at Otis AFB, worked with Family Services at Keesler AFB, and helped her sisters Rose and Dorothy while they lived with her and Everett at Keesler.

After leaving the Air Force, Betty moved to the Grandview, Washington area where she and Everett stayed with family until moving to a small acreage south of Grandview in 1973. Betty made their home a focal point for family members and friends who were in need of her nurturing and loving support. There was hardly a time the home was not providing sanctuary to others in need as well as a central gathering point for the friends of the four children Betty and Everett raised there.

Never politically correct, Betty was a FULL TIME MOM in the best sense of the word. She also found time to become involved with: The Lady Lions club charitable activities, participating in church activities, superintending Grandview Fair Home Economics activities, coaching Little League Baseball, owning and operating a ceramics shop, feeding her family and friends from a huge garden she kept, supporting her kids in multiple 4H and FFA projects/activities, sports and band, working to support Everett and his Dad’s part-time farming projects, and providing loving support to all concerned. In her spare time, she hosted parties and holiday celebrations which became legendary in the family.

She was never too busy to visit over a cup of coffee, organize an impromptu game of soccer or baseball with kids or make cookies with grandkids.

Betty had always dreamed of owning and operating a campground. In 2004 that dream came true when she and Everett purchased property south of Randle, Washington. By 2005 she had developed an 11 space campground with children’s play-ground, water and electric sites and a RV dump station. Over the next eleven years she hosted campers from literally around the world (e.g. China, Japan, Nova Scotia, Germany, Great Britain, France, etc.) as well as much of the U.S. As usual her home was a sanctuary for family and friends.

By 2016 her mind and spirit became the prisoner of a Parkinson’s type disease called Multiple Systems Atrophy. The sickness did not triumph over her mind, spirit and love for others. She remained “Betty Lou” to the end of her days.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, William (Red) & Francis Minor, brother William (Bill) and sister Helen.

She is survived by her devoted husband Everett and four children: Everett A. (Stephanie) Adamson, Susan (Larry) Bird, Kindra (fiancé Jon) Adamson, and Clinton (Kelly) Adamson; three foster daughters: DeLevea (Darrin) Anderson, Tracy Sands and Delaine Matthews; 17 grandchildren and three great-granddaughters; and sisters Mary (Denny) Collins, Rose (Blue) Ingbretson, Bonnie (Nick) Walker, and Dori (Larry) Millard, brother Robert Minor, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Surrounded by friends and relatives, Betty passed away Sunday May 5, 2019.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at the home of Susan and Larry Bird (181 E. Pine Hollow Road, Yakima, WA) on June 1, 2019. All who knew and loved her are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The MSA Coalition, 9935-D Rea Road #212, Charlotte, NC 28277 (www.multiple-system-atrophy.org).

Arrangements by Valley Hills Funeral Home.