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Obituaries for Dec. 24, 2011

Betty Brosseau

March 12, 1938-Dec. 18, 2011

Gresham resident Betty Brosseau, 73, died Sunday, Dec. 18.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., followed by a reception.

Betty was born March 12, 1938, in Laramie, Wyo., one of six children. Following the death of their father, the children were separated, and Betty was sent to an orphanage. At age 4, Betty was adopted by Lyle and Edith Walker.

Betty learned piano as a child and performed in many different venues, winning numerous awards. At age 14, Betty was among the first ever to perform live on Portland television.

Betty attended Binnsmead Grade School and Franklin High School, where she met Roy Elden 'Bud' Brosseau. They were married on Sept. 24, 1957.

A longtime member of St. David's Episcopal Church, Betty would occasionally play the organ at services.

Bud preceded her in death in 1999.

Survivors include four children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.

For more information or to leave the family a message, visit Betty's page at batemancrrollfunerals.com.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Doris 'Nancy' Ann Getch

Oct. 25, 1939-Dec. 20, 2011

Gresham resident Doris 'Nancy' Ann Getch died Tuesday, Dec. 20. She was 72.

A recitation of the rosary will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St.

Nancy was born Oct. 25, 1939, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Kenneth and Doris (Kroll) Hadley. She grew up in Portland, where she graduated from Holy Child Academy. She later studied English at Willamette University and completed her associate degree at Mt. Hood Community College.

In 1964, Nancy married Norman Gamble in Portland. They were later divorced. She moved to Gresham in 1976 and worked as an administrative secretary for Mt. Hood Community College for 25 years, retiring in 1999.

Nancy volunteered with the Gresham Art Committee, the Soroptimist and Visiting Voices. She also recorded textbooks for blind students at Mt. Hood Community College, proctored tests and knitted dolls for underprivileged children in other countries. Nancy was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Gresham.

Nancy's hobbies included knitting, crocheting and reading. She also adored animals, especially her dog, Peaches. Family was very important to her, and her calling in life was to take care of others.

Survivors include her daughter, Kristin White of Gresham, and two grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to My Sister's House, P.O. Box 305, Troutdale, 97060.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Rosalee Ann Rawls

April 26, 1936-Dec. 18, 2011

Troutdale resident Rosalee Ann Rawls died Sunday, Dec. 18. She was 75.

A memorial service will be held in March 2012. Private inurnment will take place at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Rosalee was born April 26, 1936, in Portland to Glen and June (Hill) Ray. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1955 and later attended Marylhurst College and Portland State University, where she studied education.

On May 18, 1957, Rosalee married Stanley Wayne Rawls at The Salvation Army in Portland. In 1976 they moved to Hillsboro, where she worked for Hillsboro High School as a teacher's assistant for 20 years. She retired in the late 1990s. In 2010, she moved to Sandy and in 2011 to Troutdale.

Rosalee enjoyed reading, shopping and having tea with her friends. She was a snowbird in Arizona with her husband for several years and absolutely loved the Christmas season. Her greatest love, however, was her family. She adored time spent with them and the memories they made.

Rosalee was a member of the Sunset Covenant Church in Portland and grew up as a part of The Salvation Army.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2003 and by her sister Jackie in 2010.

Survivors include her sons, Robin Rawls of Cornelius and Drew Rawls of Bend; daughter, LeWaynne Jungert of Twin Falls, Idaho; sister, JoAnne Frogge of West Linn; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1350, Gresham, 97030.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.