Betty Root Obituary

Betty Lucile Root

January 16, 1918 - January 21, 2010
Resided in Clackamas, OR
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Betty Lucile Root, 92, was born on January 16, 1918 in Portland, Oregon to Alfred Adam Loeb and Ethel Vere Sanders. She grew up on Mt. Tabor in Portland, graduating in 1932 from Vestal Elementary School and from Washington High School in 1936. Betty attended the University of Oregon and graduated from Mills College, Oakland, California in 1940 with a B.A. degree in English.

In 1933, Betty met Donald Cromwell Root on the Still Creek Bridge in Rhododendron where their families had summer homes. They married on October 29, 1944 at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church. Stationed in Texas during Word War II, they made their home in Portland where their children were born. The Roots raised their family "on the mountain" in Brightwood. They owned and operated Don Root Construction, later moving to Boring. Betty lived on Compton Road in Boring for 35 years. Widowed in 1995 she resided in Clackamas, Oregon with her daughter, Diane, since 2003.

Betty was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She and her husband inspired their children to always strive for excellence, enjoy a close family life, focus on spiritual values, develop a love of reading and history, and always use correct English grammar! In addition to being a homemaker, Betty was active in Girl Scouts, 4H, and PTA. Betty enjoyed reading, and traveling. For many years, she pursued genealogy as a hobby. She was a past member of the Owsley Family Historical Society and Genealogy Forum of Oregon. She was a member of First Church of Christ Scientist, Gresham.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, brother, George Frederick Loeb, and on May 12, 1995 her husband Don.

Survivors include her son, Col. Stephen C. Root, Ret. (Marsha) of Orting, WA; daughters, Diane V. Root and Nancy K. Parker (Cleve) of Clackamas, OR; grandson, Jacob D. Root (Kerry) of Thornton, CO; granddaughters, Stephanie Root Nocks (Christopher)of Box Elder, SD, Marissa E. Parker of San Francisco, CA, and Kathryn C. Parker of Clackamas, OR; and one great-grandchild, Faith Ann Root of Thornton, CO. She is survived by one brother, Alfred A. Loeb, Jr. (JoAnne) of Vancouver, WA, nieces and nephews including Holly (Dennis) Pickner of Bothell, WA, and Marti (Dana) Loeb-Peterson of Portland, OR.

Memorial remembrances can be made to First Church of Christ Scientist, P.O. Box 1843 Gresham, OR 97030. No service is planned at this time.


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