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Betty Rae Kilpatrick Manock
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Birth: Oct. 14, 1922
Yamhill County
Oregon, USA
Death: Jun. 3, 1972
Coos County
Oregon, USA

The World newspaper
Coos Bay, Coos County, Oregon
Monday, June 5, 1972
Page One


Two Men Missing; Girl Saved

A Salem woman drowned Saturday afternoon and two men were missing and presumed drowned after they tried to help rescue a 12-year-old girl from the ocean at Bastendorff Beach.

Dead is Betty Rae Manock, 49, Salem. Still missing are Seaman Apprentice James L. Craigun, 19, from the U.S. Guard cutter, Modoc, and Mike Terry, 27, Concord, Calif.

The U.S. Coast Guard Lifeboat Station at Charleston was notified about 2:40 p.m. Saturday by the Bastendorff Beach county Park ranger that someone was in trouble in the surf.

The station diverted the 44-footer from its bar patrol to the scene and dispatched a beach party. Some off-duty Coast Guardsmen also rushed to the beach in their own cars, according to Chief Dan Sutherland of the lifeboat station, who gave The World newspaper the following story of the tragedy:

Theresa Vopil of Salem, 12, and another girl reportedly were on air mattresses floating offshore from the beach and were knocked off into the water. The second girl, whose name was not learned, reached shore safely.

Mike Nelson, one of the Coast Guardsmen on liberty, saw the Vopil girl swimming offshore and drove into the surf, swimming to her side. He tried to make it back to the beach with her, but soon realized he could not return through the surf on the outgoing tide.

He told the girl to climb on his back, then he treaded water until the 44-foot craft arrived and they were pulled aboard.

In the meantime, several persons also entered the water in apparent attempts at rescue, including Mrs. Manock, whose body later washed up on shore. Attempts to revive her continued for about 20 minutes but failed.

Engineman Third Class Alfred Ashcraft, on-duty Coast Guardsman from the beach patrol, also swam out through the surf and after some difficulty reached the boat, obviously tired from the bad situation. It was laying in "almost in the sand" as it maneuvered to pick up the swimmers.

Another Coast Guardsman making a rescue attempt before equipment arrived was David Ertsgaard. He was seen from the boat, obviously tired from fighting the breakers, and Gary Gardner dove in and helped him back to the beach.

Ashcraft and the girl were taken by Bay Cities Ambulance to McAuley Hospital, where the girl's name was listed at Theresa Voepill. They were kept overnight and dismissed.

Nelson had high praise for the girl's coolness in the face of her danger. She had been swimming for 10-15 minutes when he reached her but did not fight, doing "exactly what he said." She was treading water and kept a "real cool head on her shoulders...tired but no panic." Sutherland said beach patrols are being made in an attempt to locate the bodies of the two missing men. ~~~

The World newspaper
Coos Bay, Coos County, Oregon
Monday, June 5, 1972


Private family services were held Sunday in the Coos Bay Chapel of Campbell-Watkins Funeral Homes for Betty Rae Manock, 49, who died June 3 as the result of drowning near Bastendorf Beach.

Mrs. Manock was born Oct. 14, 1922, at Dayton, near Salem, and lived her entire lifetime in the area. Memorial services will be held in Salem for Mrs. Manock later this week.

Surviving are the widower, Eugene; sons David and Paul and daughter, Nancy, all of Salem; brother, Vernon Kilpatrick, Eugene; and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eber Kilpatrick.


The Statesman-Journal newspaper
Salem, Marion County, Oregon
Monday, June 5, 1972


Services will be held Tuesday for Betty Rae Manock, 49, 290 Judson St., S., drowned Saturday while attempting a rescue off the Oregon coast near Coos Bay.

Born near Dayton, Mrs. Manock was a lifelong resident of Oregon and lived Salem for the past 20 years. She was a graduate of Oregon State University; a Girl Scout Leader of Troop 217, Salem; and active in community school programs. She also was a curriculum writer for the Presbyterian Church Board of Christian Education.

Surviving are widower Eugene, children David, Paul and Nancy, parents Mr. and Mrs. Eber Kilpatrick, all of Salem; and brother, Vernon Kilpatrick of Eugene.

Family suggests contributions be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund fo Christian Education.


A U.S. Coast Guard Gold Lifesaving Medal was posthumously awarded to Betty R. Manock of South Salem, Oregon for her role in the rescue of two 12-year old girls who were drowning in the turbulent surf at Bastendorf Beach, Charleston, Oregon. The two girls were among a group of Girl Scouts on an outing at the beach and were both swept out to sea as they were wading and playing on a rubber air mattress. One girl managed to hold her position until bystanders from the beach threw her a rope and pulled her to safety. The other girl drifted much further away from shore but was eventually rescued by off-duty Coast Guardsman Michael Bruce Nelson. During the rescue of the two girls, three people drowned, including 49-year-old civilian Betty Manock, another off-duty Coast Guardsman James L. Carignan and another civilian young man.

Note: Betty Rae Kilpatrick was the younger sister of Vernon Eugene Kilpatrick. She married Eugene Randolph Manock on December 28, 1944 in Merrill, Oregon. Their children are: David Isamo Manock (Brenda Jean Todd), Paul Douglas Manock and Nancy Rae Manock.
Family links: 
  Eber Eugene Kilpatrick (1896 - 1980)
  Iva Naomi Wiley Kilpatrick (1898 - 1977)
  Eugene Randolph Manock (1921 - 1980)
  Vernon Eugene Kilpatrick (1920 - 2009)*
  Betty Rae Kilpatrick Manock (1922 - 1972)
*Calculated relationship
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Record added: Dec 31, 2009
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A U.S. Coast Guard Gold Lifesaving Medal was posthumously awarded to civilian Betty R. Manock
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 Added: Dec. 31, 2009

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