VANCOUVER — Betty Getman, nee Weber, formerly Betty Gardner, age 83, passed away in Vancouver, Wash., on April 28, 2017, after a long illness. Former addresses include Jennings Lodge, Portland and Astoria Ore. and Chinook, Wash. Betty’s loving husband of 19 years, Donald Getman, preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 1999. Betty and first husband, Harold J. Gardner raised four children: Gregory, Kathleen, Julianne and Theresa. They divorced in 1976; Harry died in 1987.
Names can tell a story. Betty Jean Rosalie Theresa Marie Weber Gardner Getman was born May 5, 1933, as Rosalie; then adopted by John A. Weber and Eva Hughes Weber who named her Betty Jean. Raised Catholic, Betty took two saint’s names at confirmation: Theresa and Marie. Betty attended grade school at Catholic McLoughlin Institute in Oregon City; high school at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, and college at Marylhurst, earning a Bachelor of Music with honors in classical piano.