BOOMER—Betty Billingsley Boomer, 96, of Springfield, Ore., passed away peacefully in her sleep at Timber Point Assisted Living Facility on Aug. 1, 2022.
Betty was born Oct. 28, 1925, in Wileetka, Okla., to Joseph A. Billingsley and Mamie E. (Smallwood) Billingsley. She was the fifth of eight children. She grew up in Arkansas and moved to Springfield when she was 28 years old.
She was employed at the University of Oregon in the food service department and after 22 years, she retired in 1988. She moved to Florence in 1993 and lived there until 2019, when she moved back to Springfield to be near her family.
Betty loved life. She was kindhearted and sweet and also had a great spirit of adventure. With her husband Lloyd by her side, she explored, camped, hiked and visited most areas of the U.S. She was an avid reader and was particular fond of history. She loved cats and was known for always having one on her lap. She also had a green thumb and grew beautiful flowers. Burgundy was her favorite color and fried chicken was her favorite meal.
She was an active member of the Church of Christ in Florence for many years.
She is preceded in death by Lloyd R. Boomer, her husband of 47 years; her daughter and son-in-law Jeannette and Skip Ealy; her son Timothy Boomer; her mother Mamie and father Joseph; and six of her siblings: Geneva, Annabelle, Mary, Peggy, Dorothy and Johnnie. She is survived by her six children and their spouses; Gary Evans, Randy Boomer (Jill), Ellene Burrell, Martha Femrite (Marty), Joyce Cummings and Sue Reedal (Dan); her beloved sister and best friend Patricia Ireland and Bill, her husband; 16 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren and some great-great grandchildren; and least we forget, Rowdy, her precious orange tabby.
Betty was a light in all of our lives and she will be greatly missed.
A graveside funeral service will be held at Springfield Memorial Gardens in Springfield Oregon on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at 2 p.m.