Betty Adams-Caramella went to her heavenly home on October 8, 2018.

She was born September 14, 1932, to Harry E. and Dorothy (Busch) Mackey in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended school in Cleveland and Los Angeles, California.

She married Phillip E. Adams in 1951 and the family moved to Pendleton in 1956. She worked as a waitress or bartender at many Pendleton establishments, including the old Pendleton and Temple hotels, as well as the Elks and Eagles clubs, where she was a lifelong member.

Divorcing in 1965, she attended Blue Mountain Community College’s dental assistant program. Specializing in X-ray and four-handed surgery, she graduated in 1967 Beta Sigma Phi. Working with Dr. Barham for a time, she moved to Portland, Ore. There she met and married Rinaldo “Ron” Caramella.

Continuing her career, she was president of the Oregon Dental Assistant Association and retired as manager and coordinator of urgent care and oral diagnosis at Oregon Health & Science University. Many of her students called her “Mom.”

She was predeceased by her parents, husband Ron Caramella, stepdaughter Nancy Adams and son Duane Adams (Candy).

She is survived by daughters Debbie Shippentower (Leland) in Pendleton and Vickie Hadley (Dennis, deceased) in Portland; sons Larry Caramella (Joyce) in Portland and Mark Caramella; and sister Nancy Allen in Florida. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren, as well as her faithful companion dog, Currie.

She had a positive, uplifting spirit and encouraged many. She truly cared for people and will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her.

A memorial service will be held on Nov. 9, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, with interment there. A Celebration of Life will follow at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 14500 S.E. Powell Blvd., in Portland, Ore.

Crown Memorial in Portland handled arrangements.

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