Dr. Beth Louise Schmidt
Dr. Beth Schmidt, ND, of Portland, died on March 27 after what her family described as 'a courageous fight with Alzheimer's'. She was born June 11, 1920, to Rosetta and Henry Schmidt, and was 87 years old. She was a lifetime resident of Oregon, born in Portland, although for several years she lived on the family farm in Canby. She joined the Navy in 1943, where she served for three years as a Physical Therapist. After her military service she returned to Portland and attended school to complete her education in Chiropractic Science, graduating as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1949. She continued her education, and was also licensed by the Naturopathic Board of Oregon in 1953. Through her years as a Chiropractor-Naturopath, she served on the boards of the Western States Chiropractic College and Naturopathic board. In the 1970's she co-founded and was President of the Executive Board of the Living Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Deaf Blind Adults. She was known locally as 'Dr. Beth', and resided in Westmoreland, operating a Chiropractor-Naturopath-Graphoanalysis practice in the area for more than 50 years; her regular BEE ads contained practical health tips, and were followed by readers for over two decades. Her family observes that, 'She was a tireless member of the healthcare community in the area, and worked to help people suffering from pain, blindness and deafness throughout her career. She did a great deal of charitable and pro-bono work, constantly striving to help others in need.' Survivors include her brother, Milton Schmidt, of Gladstone; a son, Greg Sutter, of Kent, Washington; a daughter, Kim Sutter, of Half Moon Bay, California, four grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Sunday, April 6, at 2 pm, at Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral Home at 6705 S.E. 14th Avenue.
Beverly June Neuman
Bev Neuman, a long-time resident of Sellwood, died on March 30th at the age of 78. Bev attended schools in the Portland area, and worked as a cook for over 27 years at the City of Roses Hospital (which later became Pacific Gateway, now demolished - on the block just west of Sellwood Middle School). Described by her family as, 'a loving Mother and Grandmother; Bev cared for her children and grandchildren. She loved the outdoors, working in her yard, and had a love of animals.' Survivors include sons AL, Gary, and Keith Neuman, and daughter Kathy Morgan. She is survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A 'celebration of life' will be held at a later date.