La Grande, Oregon
Betty C. Lingafelter, 76, of La Grande, died April 22 at a local care center. No public services are planned at this time. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements.
Betty was born June 11, 1931, in Topeka, Kan., to Hulda and John I. Gustafson of McPherson, Kan. She married Dean Lingafelter of Galva, Kan., on March 12, 1948.
Betty was active in McPherson High School and in church activities growing up. She loved to do anything with group and social activities. Betty had a variety of jobs and she enjoyed them all.
She and Dean owned a camera shop in McPherson. She also worked as manager of clothing and shoe stores from Hatfields to Burch’s in Eugene and Springfield. She joined her husband, Dean, and worked for the Lane County Sheriff’s office in vice in Eugene. She managed a shoe store in La Grande, then worked in advertising at KLBM radio in La Grande.
Betty got involved in pet groups in La Grande and Union, which she was very dedicated to. She helped organize Pets and People, and helped get the Humane Society in La Grande where it is located now.
She liked to go camping, fishing and dancing in her younger years. Photography was always in her life, and it became a fulfilling hobby for her.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Deanna and Sam Hamilton of Irrigon; and grandson, Michael Hamilton of Irrigon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Dean, who died on Aug. 8, 2000.
Memorial contributions may be made to any pet group or to the no-kill animal society Best Friends, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741.
La Grande Observer, Obituaries for the week ending April 26, 2008