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BettyJane E. Lempke Slape
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Birth: Oct. 21, 1919
Death: Mar. 6, 2010

BettyJane Emma Slape was born Oct. 21, 1919, to Max and Erla Lempke in Akron, Ohio and died March 6, 2010.

The family moved to Holyoke, Mass., and Betty was raised there, graduating from high school and going to work at the Woolworth lunch counter. She had three brothers, Robert, George and Richard; and a sister, Eleanor.

She met her husband, M. Doyle Slape, at a USO dance when he was stationed in Massachusetts. They married Aug. 8, 1942, and Betty gained brothers, Lloyd, Wade and Joe Slape; and a sister, Dorsella (Slape) O'Neal. They were married for 63 years when Doyle passed Oct. 27, 2005. Betty remained at the family home in Rainier, sharing her final years with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and specials friends, Doreen DeWhitt, Lois Smith and Shirley Johnson.

Betty was a homemaker and gave birth to eight children. One son died when he was born. Her remaining children are Carol Maddox and her husband, Ken, of Casa Grande, Ariz., Richard Slape and his wife, Margaret, of Rainier, Arlene Daniels and her husband, Dennis, of Rainier, Eleanor Hanson and her husband, Dave, of Benton City, Wash., Raymond Slape and his wife, Terry, of Longview, Max Slape and his wife, Leslie, of Rainier, and John Slape and his wife, Tami, of Rainier.

Doyle and Betty were married during World War II and made several moves to different bases until he was discharged in 1945. They moved to Oklahoma and from there to Washington State, living in several areas throughout the state over the years. In 1969, they moved to Rainier and remained there for the past 41 years.

Betty was a faithful Christian woman, worshipping with the Longview Church of Christ. She cared for her family, mother-in-law Jessie, brother-in-law, Lloyd and all of her children and grandchildren. She loved being surrounded by family and the "babies". The neighbor children also called her and Doyle "grandma and grandpa", and they embraced their extended families. Betty had a never-ending cookie jar and everyone who came into her home headed straight for the kitchen. Even if you had eaten before you got there, you were always expected to have a cup of coffee and cookies, or a meal. Her kitchen was the gathering place when everyone visited and the table was surrounded by friends and family. Betty enjoyed working with different crafts, sewing, making quilts, working crossword puzzles and reading.

 
 
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 Spouse:
  Millard Doyle Slape (1920 - 2005)
 
Burial:
Green Mountain Cemetery
Rainier
Columbia County
Oregon, USA
 
Maintained by: RichardChampion68
Originally Created by: Jan B.
Record added: Jan 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63968712
BettyJane E. <i>Lempke</i> Slape
Added by: Jan B.
 
BettyJane E. <i>Lempke</i> Slape
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In memory of cousins never known.
- Marcy Smith
 Added: Sep. 29, 2013
 
 
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