> Betty Willhite
March 22, 1918 - June 20, 2012
Former Madras resident Betty Willhite passed away on June 20, 2012, at Lake Alhambra Assisted Living Center in Antioch, Calif. She was 94 years old.
Sarah Elizabeth "Betty" Bowman was born March 22, 1918, in Caldwell, Idaho. She married Kenneth Willhite of Worth City, Mo., in Caldwell on Aug. 20, 1941. The couple eventually moved to Madras in 1952.
She was the owner and operator of Betty's Beauty Shop in Madras until her retirement in 1978.
Her special interests included reading, knitting, baking and camping. She always reminisced about the 13 years they enjoyed traveling as snowbirds, especially the three months they spent camping and fishing in Alaska.
Survivors include her sons, Doug, Ron, Jim and Mike; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, and her husband Kenneth in June 2010.
A celebration of life service was held in August.