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Betty Emma Wonder Byars Goodwin

 

August 9, 2017

Betty Emma Wonder Byars Goodwin

Sept 18, 1924 was the first day of Mom's life. She was born to Park and Emma "Peggy" Wonder in Wenatchee, WA. Shortly after her birth they moved to Buffalo Gap, S.D. to live with her paternal grandparents until she was age 3 or 4. They then moved to the mountains around Ennis, MT where they lived in a cabin and her father trapped and hunted for a living. While there, Mom attended first grade in a one-room schoolhouse. Her teacher, Vercie Clark, board and roomed with them until the family moved to Nampa, ID. There she attended school from second to fifth grade. At that time, her parents divorced and she and her mother moved to Goldendale, WA to be closer to her maternal side of the family. Her mother, "Peggy", later married Archie Radcliffe. The three of them formed a loving family. Grandpa Archie had never had children of his own but that never deterred him from sharing his love to Mom or rest of our family. Mom graduated from high school in 1942. She married John Robert "Bob" Byars also in 1942. To this union five children were born, Patricia (Mastolier), Barbara (Kinkade), Peggy (Eakin), John Robert "Bobby" Byars, Jr. and Paula (King). She was blessed with 11 grandchildren, several great and great-great grandchildren, half-sister, Mary Lou Slaathaug, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She married John Richard Goodwin in 1975. "I loved Betty for over 42 years. In my heart she can never be replaced." They lived in The Dalles, OR and Council, ID., returning to The Dalles until her death July 12th at their home surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Patti, son-in-law William Kinkade, grandson, Ken Slawson and half-brother, Jack Wonder. She loved fishing and being host at Deschutes State Park for 20 years. Her paintings are treasured by family and friends as well as her talent for crafting and restoring furniture. These were her interests, but her passion was her love and devotion for her family. Her Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 23rd, 1:00pm at Deschutes State Park. All who knew Mom are invited for potluck and loving stories. Gratitude and appreciation for all that helped us along this final journey of Mom's with prayers, food, cards, flowers, and calls. Grandchildren flew and drove long distances to catch her smile and one more story. It meant so very much! Special thanks to Hearts of Hospice for your caring and guidance and also to "Super K" from Hearts of Gold. She was one grand lady, our Mom! See you in our dreams.

 

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