Elizabeth 'Betsy' Myhre

Astoria resident, 85Elizabeth "Betsy" Myhre, 85, of Astoria, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, in Astoria.

Mrs. Myhre was born April 17, 1918 in Spokane, Wash., to Ross and Frances Agnes (Lynch) Sutherland. She was raised and educated in Spokane, graduating from Marycliff High School in 1936, and later from business college.

In 1943, she married Donald Slayter. They later divorced.

In 1949 she married Merl C. Myhre in Spokane. He died in January 1985.

Mrs. Myhre worked at the Naval Supply Depot in Spokane during World War II and at the Kaiser Aluminum plant there in the 1950s. In 1966, she moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where she worked as a union secretary until 1965.

Mrs. Myhre became a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in 1966, when she moved to Astoria. She worked at the Tongue Point Job Corps in various departments and later for Clatsop Community Action and the Astoria Senior Center under the Green Thumb program, retiring in 1995. She was a member of the American Legion for 20 years and family members say she loved being around people, having fun and being around the action.

Mrs. Myhre is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Jerry Olson of Astoria; five grandchildren Kevin and Richelle Olson of Portland; Bryan, Teresa and Jennifer Olson, all of Astoria, and Brandon Olson and his fiancee, Allison Flower, of Warrenton; two great-grandsons Jacob Olson of Astoria and Collin Olson of Portland; and four nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Gerald and Donald McKenzie, and two sisters, Mary Ann McKenzie and Katherine Dietzen, died earlier.

Rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1465 Grand Ave., followed by Mass at 10:30 a.m, also at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Star, of the Sea Church in care of Hughes-Ransom Cremation and Mortuaries, 576 12th St., Astoria, OR 97103.

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