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Bobetta Amundson

A beautiful person, Bobetta M. Amundson, died on April 7, 2007. She is and will be sorely missed by all who are temporarily left behind.
   Bobetta was truly a lady. She was an admirable, caring daughter, sister, cousin, mom, aunt, grandma, great grandma, friend and a loving, devoted wife for 58 years.
   Bobetta, "Bobbie," was born on April 30, 1930 in Milnor, N. D. and was the daughter of Niel and Illa (Bell) Peterson. She came west from North Dakota in 1935 during the Great Depression. Her father found employment in Portland, where the family settled in the St. John's area. Niel and Illa purchased a cozy cottage for the price of $1,250 where they continued to raise their family, which consisted of Donald, Bobbie, Marlene and, in 1938, Janice. This was a loving home of hard-working loving parents and it offered lodging and sustenance to any friend or family member who needed a place to stay and family to love them.
   Bobbie and her siblings attended Portsmouth Elementary School and in 1948 she graduated from Roosevelt High School. While a senior, Bobetta worked part-time at the old Vaughn Street Montgomery Wards. The writer, Duane C., recently discharged from the Navy and a student at Vanport College (Portland State) worked there part-time as well. A discriminating eye became very aware of Bobetta. The bachelor life was about to end! Within a year, they were married on November 24, 1948 at Peace Lutheran Church in Portland, Ore. After a brief honeymoon, they settled into their first home, a one-room apartment in University Homes (War Housing).
   Her husband grew up in Prineville.
   Bobetta moved with her new husband to Monmouth, Ore., where she selflessly worked at Hunt Foods as a secretary and at Monmouth Dry Cleaners to help put Duane through college. After he received his teaching degree from OCE (Western Oregon University), they settled in Bend in June of 1951 where Duane taught at Kenwood Elementary making an income of $3,400 a year, which seemed like a lot at the time. Bobetta fit right in as the wife of an elementary school teacher. Four years and two children later- Duane E. born in 1952 and Darci L. born in 1954 - the family moved back to Portland rather reluctantly to make a salary of $4,000 a year rather than $3,600.
   Duane and Bobetta built their home in 1956 and have resided there ever since. They taught at the Portland Public School District at Beach and Laurelhurst until retirement in 1986. After retirement, the couple was fortunate enough to have enjoyed several excursions through the years and had several more planned when various physical inconveniences deprived them of those opportunities. Bobetta enjoyed spending time with her family and caring for her grandchildren. She was also an excellent cook.
   She is survived by: her husband, Duane C. Amundson of Portland; son and daughter-in-law, Duane E. and Sheri Amundson of Portland; daughter and son-in-law, Darci and Albert Sherman of Bandon, Ore.; sister, Janice Morgan (husband Bill) of Wilsonville, Ore., and brother-in-law, Robert Bump of Portland; along with eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and many cousins, nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and her sister. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 16, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham, Ore. Visitation will be on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Bateman Carroll. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore. Contributions may be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center or a charity of choice.
   Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.