OBITUARY: Betty Jean Berg

OBITUARY: Betty Jean Berg

BEND - Betty Jean Berg, 90, of Hines died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Burns.

Mrs. Berg was born March 19, 1918, in Abingdon, Ill., to Edna M. Taylor and Delbert A. Clore. As an infant she moved with her family to Vale, where they farmed and raised turkeys through the Depression. She helped on the farm and became an accomplished horsewoman. She graduated salutatorian of her Vale High School Class of 1936, and after one year of business college in Boise worked at Malheur Bank in Vale for five years.

She went to Portland and worked for Eastman-Kodak, but returned to Vale and went to work for the government. She came to Burns in 1942, where she worked for Taylor Grazing (later the BLM). She met Carl Berg at a dance, and the couple eloped to Seattle, where they were married in 1943.

The Bergs owned and operated the Egan Tavern in Hines for over 40 years. After the death of her parents, she and her brother Wendell continued to operate the Clore wheat farm in the Athena area. She supported her children as a den mother, Sunday School teacher, room mother, horseback riding companion and wonderful cook.

She loved her yard and flowers, and enjoyed watching the deer and wild birds that visited her yard. The Bergs enjoyed travel, exploring the USA, France, England, and the Virgin Islands. She served on the boards of the Harney County Senior Center and Harney County Historical Society for many years. She was an active member of the congregation of Peace Lutheran Church. She also enjoyed and led water exercises, and valued a good walk.

Mrs. Berg is survived by her brother, Wendell Clore; children Del, Doug, and Linda Berg; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a niece and nephew.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Carl Berg, in 1998.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church, Harney County Historical Society, or Harney County Senior Center and mailed to LaFollette's Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


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