Betty Udell, 96, of Lebanon, died, Sunday, June 19 at her home.
Betty was born October 18, 1919 in Enterprise, Oregon to John F and Gertrude L. (Davidson) Winniford. Her early years were spent on a homestead in the Snake River Canyon with brother, Robert S. Winniford. She started school in Enterprise. Then the family moved to Acequia, Idaho where Betty graduated from high school. She moved to Oregon graduating in 1941 from Oregon State College (OSU) with a degree in business.
In 1941, Betty married her college sweetheart Bert Wesley Udell who became her life partner. They moved to Lebanon where Betty worked at the Lebanon Express. In 1946 Bert and Betty formed their own logging engineering consulting and land surveying firm. She was bookkeeper and office manager for their business. In their 69-years of marriage they included their family in their love for forestry and community involvement. Their Happy Valley Tree Farm near Lebanon was recognized as Oregon’s first national tree farm in 1982. This award was presented to them personally by President Reagan. For 26-years they sponsored a tree day on their tree farm inviting the public to come and learn about tree farming through fun events. Their tree farm continues to serve the community hosting outdoor schools, Boy and Girl Scout camps, 4-H activities and educational tours. Betty and Bert traveled to countries learning new forestry techniques at each opportunity and applying these new ideas to their property.
Betty was a 4-H leader for 54 years teaching Food and Clothing projects for the Neat and Nifty club. She was inducted into the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame. Betty learned many of her homemaking skills through the Linn County Extension Service Homemakers' club. She was also actively involved with Business Professional Women, other clubs include Altrusia, Rebecca's, and Chamber of Commerce. She served as president of the Linn County Chapter of Oregon Small Woodlands Association. Betty enjoyed playing cards with the Albany Pinochle club and cribbage and pinochle at the Lebanon Senior Center.
Betty attended the Lebanon Church of Christ. She is survived by her three children Fay (Sherm) Sallee, Jim (Linda) Udell, and Janet Udell; 7 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, June 29, at Huston-Jost Funeral Home. A reception will follow the service at the Lebanon Senior Center. Private family burial was a Bellinger Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the OSU Extension – Linn County 4-H or Lebanon Church of Christ and sent in care of Huston-Jost Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon, OR 97355.