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October 8, 1930—September 10, 2019

Elizabeth Rose (Betty) Vilhauer passed away September 10, 2019 at Hospice Care in Longview. She was born October 8, 1930 on the family farm in Rainier, youngest of two daughters born to Charles and Elsie (Bromley) Gaggioni.

Betty graduated from Rainier Union High School in 1948. She was employed while a senior in high school, and right out of high school by Wilbur Smith Tug and Barge as a secretary. Then she went to work for Longview Fibre in the Timber Office, and worked in Rainier at the bank (the bank went through numerous name changes while she was employed). She went on to work for PGE in Rainier where later she was transferred to PGE in St. Helens. Retiring in 1991, Betty was on the Rainier City Council for several years, then went on to become the Mayor of Rainier. The Rainier City Park has a plaque in her honor for all the time and work she dedicated to the park. Betty was on the Board of Community Home Health & Hospice for over 38 years. She was also on the Rainier Fire Department Board of Directors and a lifelong member of Beaver Valley Grange 306.

Betty married Alvin (Al) Vilhauer on October 10, 1952. They made their home in Rainier. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Al, her parents, and sister Ethel (Gaggioni) Adkins.

Survivors include 2 sons, Tony (Sue) and Toby, both of Rainier; granddaughter Jessica (Matt) Johns of Rainier; grandson Jared (Christina) Vilhauer of Colorado; great grandchildren Taylor and Tristan Johns of Rainier, and Colbie and Bailey Vilhauer of Colorado; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Betty loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved them dearly and was very proud of them.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Friday, October 11, at Alston Corner Assembly of God Church officiated by Pastor Berry.

Contributions may be made in Betty’s name to the Community Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 2067, Longview, WA 98632.

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