Betty Tuthill



Betty Tuthill passed away at the age of 85 in The Dalles, Oregon, on September 22, 2012. Betty was born in Essex County, England on January 4, 1927. After graduating from high school, Betty worked delivering milk by bicycle to help support her family. She later met Philip Tuthill, a Sargent in the U.S. Army in England during World War II. She married Philip on February 14, 1945 in England and later blessed him with a son, Andy. When Andy was 3 months old, Betty traveled to America to join Philip and his family in Appleton, Washington. Philip and Betty added five more children; Gene, Janet, Jennifer, Linda and Ann.

Philip and Betty were successful farmers from the very beginning. Betty actively worked beside Philip and their sons, often driving tractors, trucks, feeding cows in addition to all the normal activities of a rancher’s wife and mother of six children.

One of Betty’s passions was her flower, fruit and vegetable garden. She not only sustained her family with her garden but shared the bounty with many people outside her family.

Betty actively worked the ranch with Philip for over 25 years. At that point, they took a less active role in the ranch and began traveling, fishing and spending more time with family. They traveled to Europe and many places in the United States. Philip passed away in 1985 at which time Betty became an active volunteer for the Lyle Womens Club, Lyle Lyons Club, and the Lyle Senior Meal. She was influential in helping raise funds to establish the new Lyle Lyons Club building. She was a driving force behind a great team of volunteers who established a strong Senior Meal organization. Seniors from neighboring communities would often attend the Lyle Senior Meal due to the good home cooking and team work she encouraged with other volunteers. Over the years, Betty enjoyed traveling, fishing, gardening, huckleberry picking, clam digging and spoiling grandchildren and great grandchildren. She traveled several times to Alaska to fish for Salmon and Halibut, the Philippines with her sister-in-law, Ida May, and England with her daughters, Jennifer and Janet, to visit her English family.

Betty was preceded in death by her five siblings in England, sister Gwen Jewell of Appleton, Washington and husband Philip. She is survived by her son, Andy Tuthill of Lyle, Washington; son, Gene Tuthill of Appleton, Washington; daughter Jennifer Knutson of Seattle, Washington; daughter Janet Johnson and husband Duane of Hermiston, Oregon; daughter Linda Tuthill of Lyle, Washington and daughter Ann Andrews and husband Jim of Albany, Oregon. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Scott Tuthill of Estacada, Oregon; Mike Tuthill of Appleton, Washington, Candy Glover of Seattle, Washington, Alex Colby of Germany; Amy Johnson of Pasco, Washington; Stacy Roberts of Hermiston, Oregon; Jeremy Andrews of Albany, Oregon and Sarah Andrews of Albany, Oregon. She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren, four sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, over 26 nieces and nephews and many life-long friends.

A Celebration of Life was held at Gardner’s Funeral Home September 29, 2012. Donations can be made to the American Heart Association or Lyle Lions in Betty’s memory.


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