Elizabeth “Betty” May (Nixon) Shope, 83, received her angel wings on January 13, 2011 in Blaine, WA surrounded by her family. She was born April 23, 1927 in Astoria, OR. The family moved to Oroville, CA shortly after, returning to Astoria in 1939. Betty graduated from Astoria High School in 1945 and married Howard Shope who was an Army serviceman. They lived in Astoria raising their children until they moved to Blaine in 1962.
Betty worked at a fish cannery in Astoria and later became a certified key punch operator on an IBM computer that was larger than most rooms. She drove bus for Blaine School District for 21 years, often volunteering in the reading program. After retirement in 1987, she continued to work as a substitute in the school kitchens. Betty enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, crafting, ceramics, cooking and traveling.
Betty’s greatest joy in life was her family. Her vacations were spent with family, usually with grandchildren joining along in the fun. She always had open arms to rock and hug her great-grandchildren.
Betty is survived by her husband of 65 years Howard, daughter Linda Thompson of Blaine, son Stephen (Sharon) Shope of Kelso; grandchildren Becky (Eric), Christie (Casey), Melissa (Scott), Paul (Timery), Beth (Franky) and Jeremy (Jaclyn); great-grandchildren Katie, Zachary, Taylor, Zane, Kolton, Ryan, Andrew, Emily, Isabell, Marena, Brayden and Jillian, brother Richard Nixon (Pam) of Astoria and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Samuel and Ina (Phillips) Nixon, brother Bill Nixon and half-brother James Phillips.
A special thanks from the family to Betty’s recent helpers - care-giver Linda B. and many caring Hospice staff.
Services will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at Grace Lutheran Church in Blaine, WA at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Whatcom Hospice or a favorite charity.
Please sign the Book of Memories, light a candle and leave condolences for the family at www.JernsFuneralChapel.net.