Betty J. Young

LONG BEACH — Naselle resident Betty Jo Young, 86, died in Long Beach on Jan. 5, 2018. The daughter of Glen and Laura (Callahan) Griggs, she was born in Shenandoah, Iowa on Oct. 12, 1931.

Betty was a nurse for more than 20 years, working in various capacities. Seeking a new challenge, she became a commercial fisherman (woman) with her husband, Kirby. Together, they fished the waters of California, Oregon, Washington, Canada and Alaska. Alaska was her favorite location and she had many memories and souvenirs of her time there.

After locating to the local area, Betty worked in fish processing at Chinook Packing, Jessie’s in Ilwaco and also Wilson’s. She later returned to her nursing roots, assisting others with home healthcare. She and her husband shared a special bond.

Besides her husband Kirby, Betty is survived by her daughters, Betty Jo and Shelly; brother, Edwin; sister, Marie; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Laura Griggs; daughter Debbie; sisters, Bellie and Sonja; and brothers, Eldon and Dee.

Betty requested a private service. She will be remembered by her creed from Scripture, II Timothy: “I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” Memorials in her memory as requested to the Naselle Fire Department, P.O. Box 54, Naselle, Washington 98638. Her guestbook is available online at

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