Betty Gene (Berry) McMullin, 8/31/1947 – 5/25/2017
“Every person I met contributed to my being able to live a charmed life, full of love, friendship, and happiness.”
Betty was born to Eugene and Jean (Van Sice) Berry. She was the third child in a family of five girls and one boy. The Berry family made a few moves during her childhood, but formative years were spent in Blackfoot, ID where she graduated from high school. She went on to earn a BS in Speech Pathology from University of Oregon, as well as the MS in the same field from Idaho State University. Her 40+ year career was dedicated to public school students. She also demonstrated her commitment to public education by serving on the school board of the Gladstone School District for several years.
Betty met her future husband, Brent McMullin, as a 7th grader in Blackfoot. They had a friendship, which turned into a relationship in their late teens. They eloped in 1968 before Brent was shipped to Vietnam for his 3rd tour of duty. They recently held an early celebration in honor of 50 years of marriage by taking their family to the Oregon Coast, where they had spent their honeymoon almost a half of a century earlier.
Betty and Brent raised two children, Chris and Carrie, who both remain in awe of their parents’ love for each other and of their dedication as parents. They also raised their nephew, Drew, after the death of Betty’s sister, Sally, ensuring he would have a sense of home even in the midst of great loss. Betty and Brent have been the most fabulous grandparents kids to could ask for; their granddaughters, Cecily and Elodie, will miss their Nona terribly.
Betty was preceded in death by both of her parents, and by her sisters Mary Webb, Sally Collard, Susan Martin, and Jane Berry. She is survived by her brother, Doug Berry.
Betty exuded warmth and generosity, and highly valued her friendships. She was a voracious reader; and books were her world travel. Like her mother, she held the tradition of sending hand-written letters to loved ones. Her contributions to students and education will have ripple effects for years to come.
Betty learned she had pancreas cancer in November of 2016. The diagnosis led Betty to confirm how much she loved her life and the people in it. She focused on spending time with friends and family, and she died on a sunny day, May 25, 2017 in the home she loved, being held by family.