Betty Ann Kruse

Born: Tue., Oct. 7, 1930
Died: Thu., Apr. 9, 2015

Graveside Service

3:00 PM Sat., Apr. 11, 2015
Location: Skyview Memorial Park

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., Apr. 25, 2015
Location: First United Methodist Church

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Betty Kruse
October 7, 1930 – April 9, 2015

Betty Kruse – a long-time resident of Pendleton passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015, at a local care facility.  She was 84 years old. 

A grave side service will be held at Skyview Memorial Park on Saturday, April 11th at 3:00pm.  Additionally a Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 25th at the First United Methodist Church located at SE 2nd and Emigrant in Pendleton.  Everyone is welcome.  Sign the online condolence book at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

Betty Kruse was born on October 7, 1930 to Hattie and Jake Bowman in Echo, Oregon.  She was the last born of their 9 children.  Betty graduated from Echo High School and later moved to the Pendleton area.  One day in 1955 she met Herbert Kruse at a restaurant while he was on furlough from Camp Hanford.  They were married three days after his discharge in February 1956 in Echo.  She worked in the Pendleton area until her retirement.  

Betty was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women serving in many capacities and always willing to lend a helping hand.  Betty and Herb were also the church custodians for several years during their retirement and took great pride in attending to the needs of the church.

She also volunteered by assisting many organizations in the Pendleton area throughout her life.  She was often at the Helping Hand organizing food boxes that helped many people in the local community.

Betty enjoyed hosting meals for friends and family – often on short notice.  Her pantry was always stocked anticipating those opportunities.  She also enjoyed baking – especially banana bread that was a favorite of many.

Betty and Herb were able to travel during their marriage including annual visits to South Dakota, taking walks on the Oregon coast and cruises to Mexico and Alaska.

Betty is survived by her children: Patty Kruse (Vancouver WA) and Mike Kruse (Tigard OR), four grandchildren and a sister, Lena Lackey, who resides in the Cheney Washington area.  She was preceded in death by Herb, her husband of nearly 59 years, her parents and 7 siblings.  

To honor her memory, contributions may be offered to the First United Methodist Church in Pendleton.


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Mark Moore
   Posted Fri April 10, 2015
Sorry to here of her passing always enjoyed visiting with her and Herb at Fire department functions, Great people and great citizens.

Joe and Kathy Tolar
   Posted Fri April 10, 2015
We are so sorry to learn of Betty's passing. We graduated together from Echo High School.

Mark Bowman
   Posted Sun April 12, 2015
To Mike & Patty,

Sorrow for the loss of your mother. She was certainly a loving dedicated wife & mother.

Mark Bowman
Bio Son of Perry Bowman & adopted by Blair & Margaret Bowman

Jan Grandinetti (Harmon)
   Posted Mon April 13, 2015
Mike and Patty,

Our sympathies to you both on the loss of your Mom. I have such wonderful and loving memories of Betty. Always her smile and laugh, she had the best positive spirit.

Melinda (Hall) Slatt
   Posted Tue April 14, 2015
Patty and Mike,

My deepest sympathy on the passing of your lovely Mom. I am thinking of you in your time of loss.


eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Tue April 14, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

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