RENTON - Betty Marjorie Elmlinger, 88, went to be with the Lord on June 9, 2008, at Valley Medical Center in Renton, surrounded by her family. She was born in Dover, Wis., to Miles and Marjorie Tullar on Aug. 31, 1919. She grew up in Chetek, Wis., and graduated from Chetek High School.
On April 7, 1940, she married Jack Elmlinger. For the next few years they lived on a farm in Wisconsin, then relocated to Vancouver where she worked for a time at the Vancouver Shipyards during the war and later at Del Monte Cannery.
After her husband retired the couple moved to Long Beach, where they had spent many family vacations when their children were growing up. She was quite active with the Ocean Park Lutheran Church, for a short time she was the organist for the church and was a member of the choir. She met many new friends there, including Lorraine. They soon became best friends after finding out they were born the same year and same day. They enjoyed going places and sharing childhood memories.
Survivors include her six children - Bob of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Deanna Galbraith of Renton, John of Hamburg, Germany, Stan of Vancouver, Charlie of LaCenter and Nancy Moore of Snohomish; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one brother, Jim Tullar of Eau Claire, Wis. Her husband Jack, two grandsons, Tony and Rodney and a brother, Bob Tullar, preceded her in death.
A memorial service was held on June 20 at the Cross and Crown Lutheran Church in Renton. Memorials may be made to Cross and Crown Lutheran Church at 10940 SE 168th St. Renton, WA 98055-5916 or Ocean Park Lutheran Church, 24002 U St. Ocean Park, WA 98640.