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Death notices for Jean Betts, Charles Keys and Vada Slabic


Jean Frances Sayer Betts, 96 a recent resident of The Dalles, Ore., passed away Monday, March 8, 2010.

Jean was born Dec. 12, 1913 to James L. and Clara Sayer in Portland, Ore. She and her brothers were raised in southeast Portland attending Gresham High School. In August 1932, Jean married Richard M. Hubler in Portland where they raised their three daughters.

She was employed by the Department of the Army Corps of Engineers as a clerk-typist and retired after 20 years of service. She received official recognition from the U.S. Air Force and the Department of the Army with letters of commendation for her invaluable achievements and performance of duty.

After retirement, Jean continued to be employed in the private sector. At age 58, Jean fulfilled a personal goal by earning her Adult High School Diploma. In 1989, she married Wesley A. Betts sharing many happy years together.

Jean was a devoted Trailblazer fan and with her brother Richard, were season ticket holders until his passing in 1992. She remained loyal to the Blazers until her passing.

For Jean, a devout Democrat, recreation was engaging family members in political debates. She also enjoyed gardening, home decorating and remodeling. Staying fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle was of high importance but nothing was more important to her than the precious time spent with her family.

She was known for her kindness, her gentle honesty and unconditional love. Blessed is her family.

Recently, Jean moved to Mill Creek Point in The Dalles where she was able to continue to live a full and independent life with new friends.

Jean is survived by daughters Gail Carey, husband John, Sally Ashland and Joan Frey, and husband Dan; 12 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren She is also survived by the children and grandchildren of her late husband Wes. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Wesley A. Betts and brothers James, Richard and Raymond Sayer and half sister, Myrtle Dalton.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Gardner Funeral Home, White Salmon.


Charles Truman Keys was born Feb. 8, 1918 to Truman Benjamin Keys and Beulah Meserve in Winnett, Mont. He completed the eighth grade and for several years worked as a cowpuncher on several ranches.

On May 2, 1941, Charles entered the United States Army at the age of 23. He was a squad leader in the 35th Infantry and during his service received the American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal and the Bronze Service Star. Mr. Keys was honorably discharged from military service on July 19, 1945.

Charles married Marilyn Dibble on June 19, 1948. She preceded him in death and he later married Irene Tibbets from The Dalles. She also preceded him in death.

Charles worked for SDS Lumber company doing many different jobs including falling timber and working in the sawmill. After more than twenty years of service, Mr. Keys retired.

Charles loved to fish and go bird hunting. He also enjoyed waterskiing and dancing, but most of all he loved to tell stories of his life. He was known for his stories and family and friends eagerly listened as Charles recounted his interesting and exciting past.

Charles Keys passed away on March 8, 2010 at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles at the age of 92.

He is survived by his five daughters, Cydnee Teply of Vancouver, Washington, Marcia Perry of Baker City, Ore., Valerie George of West Jordan, Utah, Pattie Winn of St. George, Utah and Barbara Matosich of Lyle. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at 11 am on Friday, March 12, 2010, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in White Salmon, with interment at the White Salmon Cemetery.

Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.


In loving memory of Mrs. Vada Mae Slabic age 77, born on May 4, 1932, in Delhia, Kansas to Bruce and Beryl Cuffel.

Vada resided in Hazel Dell with her husband of 40 years John P. Slabic (surviving) before she succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease on Tuesday, March 9 2010.

Vada was one of four children: Survived by her only brother Norman Bruce "Bud" Cuffel and his wife Helen Jean, and predeceased by her sisters Twila Lawrence and Patricia Anne Smith.

Also surviving Vada are her three sons from her first marriage of 21 years to (predeceased) Paul Pate Sr.: Paul J. Pate Jr. and his wife Veletta, Anthony B. Pate and wife Amie, and Jon N. Pate and his wife Laurie, and her stepson Michael Slabic and his wife Lubia.

Also surviving are several of her cousins along with five grandchildren, seven great, grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

We asked Vada "what would you say was your greatest joy in life?" and her answer was "my three boys."

Vada loved life and everything about it. She would beam every time she was around children. Even as Vada's disease progressed, she always seemed to find time to talk to children around her.

Vada sold real estate from 1982 when she was 50 until she was 53 in 1985 for Century 21. Vada was a great quilter, potter, and painter. She loved to work with her hands and was always working on a project whether it was beading a necklace or cutting a quilt pattern. Vada was a wonderful cook and homemaker.

In memory of Vada, family will forego funeral services and they have chosen to hold a "Celebration of Life" which will be announced at a later date.


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