Just to let you know that you are being reunited with my mother Betty Lorraine Werst Cone today. She left us this afternoon after a long struggle. We are grateful that her passing was calm and peaceful. She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister, nieces and nephews as well as friends.
|She is surround by her children in this photo taken in October 2012||.|
|Betty and Chuck pictured at son Rusty's wedding to Patty Gorman June 28,1979.|
I fervently hope that she will be reunited with her father Cecil Oscar Werst who died before she was two when he was only 27. She was the apple of his eye and I'm sure it must have seemed very cruel to have been parted from him so early.
After his death, Betty was sent to live with her Aunt Madge Colby Massey and her husband Hal in Pendleton, Oregon. She lived there until she was reunited with her mother and sister Helen and they went to live with her maternal grandfather on Pinelawn Farm in Newberg, Oregon. William Wallace Colby died in 1936.
|W. W. Colby with Grace, Betty and Helen at Pinelawn Farm circa 1935.|
I know you will welcome Mom with open arms. I do wish you would find some way to drop me a few clues.... just asking...