Happy Birthday! Before the last five years of your life, I think we all expected you to be here celebrating this day that would have been your 89th birthday. Unfortunately, dementia robbed us and you of this celebration. It's been two years since you left us and slowly, very slowly, I am beginning to recapture the loving and supportive mother of my childhood. At the same time, letting go of seeing you in such a debilitated state.
For most of the nearly nine decades of your life, you were so vibrant.
|Betty Lorraine Werst on left with mother Grace (Colby) Werst and sister Helen Werst|
circa 1928 either Spokane or Pendleton, from author's private collection.
|With her Grandfather William Wallace Colby at Pine Lawn Farm, Newberg, Oregon|
circa 1935 from author's private collection.
|As a coed at Oregon State College, Corvallis circa 1948|
|Cone Family in LaHabra, California circa November 1956|
from left back row Cecily, Chuck holding Trude, Betty holding Rusty and Peg in front
|Cone Family in Willingboro circa 1963|
From back left Betty, Chuck, Cecily, in front Rusty, Trude, Peggy
|Wedding reception for Ed and Cecily United States Naval Academy Alumni House June 11, 1971|
|Proud Mom at Rusty's Naval Academy Graduation|
Annapolis, Maryland June 1978
|Wedding of Trude and Kees Schipper Willingboro December 1978|
From left Chuck, Ed, Cecily, Trude, Kees and Betty.
|Cone-Gorman Wedding June 28, 1979 Medford, New Jersey|
From left Peggy, Trude, Betty, Chuck, Patty, Rusty, Cecily and Ed.
|Betty at home in Charlotte|
|Grandchildren Kristen and Bobby Cone with Betty in Allen, Texas|
|Betty with granddaughters Colby and Amanda Kelly in Charlotte, North Carolina|
|At Peg's and Hugh's wedding in Roswell, New Mexico 1993|
from left Betty, Cecily, Trude, Peg, Hugh, Paul, and Rusty
|Trude, Rein and Mom in Amsterdam 1994|