Dec. 31, 1929—March 27, 2019
“Betty” Jane Shields passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Born Elizabeth Jane Murray to parents Allen Darrell and Viola Ellen, on December 31, 1929, she took pride in her birthday and always said, “Everyone celebrates!”
Betty’s family moved to Longview from Portland in 1931, where she attended Kessler School and R.A. Long High School, graduating with the class of 1947. It was there that she met her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Jerry Edward Shields. They were married on June 27, 1948. She and Jerry lived their entire married life in Longview and had active roles in planning their many class reunions. They were also avid dance instructors, teaching locally as well as on cruise ships as their schedule allowed. Her family’s hearts are warmed at the vision of Betty and Jerry reunited on a magnificent dance floor once again.
Betty worked for many years at International Paper before transitioning to an Executive Secretary role for the President of LP&N Railway. She retired in 1984.
Her greatest joy was travel; taking trips to Seaside with family and friends, and cruising to the Caribbean and Panama Canal. Betty was blessed with several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and enjoyed attending their many concerts, musicals, sporting events, and graduations.
Betty was preceded in death by her father “Darrell”, mother Viola, brother Bill, brother Allen, son-in-law Jerry, and husband, Jerry. Left to honor her are her two daughters, Nancy (Ed) Granger, and Patty Stevens, her sister Alice (Dale) Ashley, and three grandchildren: Matt (Kari) Granger, Sean (Beth) Granger, and Ashley (Garrett) Lachney. Betty’s three great-grandchildren are Sarah Granger, Isaiah Granger, and Aspen Granger.
At her request and preference, there will be no service or celebration of life. Betty’s wishes were that all friends and relatives remember her and the good times they shared each time they visit the ocean. She’ll be watching to make sure you’ve followed through!
Betty will be remembered as an effervescent individual whose love of travel, life, family, friends, and baking left both hearts and bellies full throughout the years. She was a fan of indulgence, lunch with friends, and (much to her husband’s chagrin) QVC.
Her family wishes to thank Sally, Maggie, and the rest of the staff at Rose Hill for the kind and compassionate care that Betty was given during her time there. They ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Community Home Health & Hospice in Betty’s name.