Bettie Faye Beasley Taggart, 76, loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and true friend passed away on June 13, 2014 in Salem, Ore.
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Services will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Parish in Shaw, Ore.
Bettie was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Lettie Beasley and her three brothers, Charles, Cecil, and Gerald.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 54 years, John D. Taggart, of Aumsville, Ore. Bettie's legacy will be carried on by her children and their spouses and grandchildren: Jeannette and Dale Hyatt, Aiken, S.C., DJ Hyatt, Boise, Idaho; John and Linda Taggart, Maple Valley, Wash., Cabrian Jee Taggart, Portland, Ore. and Matt Judd, Maple Valley, Wash.; Janice Taggart and Sean Atwood, Keizer, Ore., Marley Resch, Seattle, Wash., and Scott Resch Jr., Spokane, Wash.
Bettie met John in Natchitoches, La. while attending Northwestern State University studying home economics. She was smitten by the handsome Army soldier and enjoyed the cruises in his Oldsmobile. They eloped to Jasper, Texas, were married on Sept. 26, 1959 and began their married life in Chicago, Ill. In 1970 they packed up the house and kids and headed west to Montana.
Together they established the first convenience store in the northwest and put in long hours side by side proving the viability of the convenience store model. The business thrived and soon they added a second location, and 10 years later expanded into the rental car business. In 2004, Bettie and John officially retired and in 2006 moved from Montana to Oregon and found their perfect spot to escape the long winters and enjoy hummingbirds nearly year round! The family business resulted in many fabulous friendships that endured over the miles and the 30 years. Bettie was a fabulous cook, enjoyed sewing and needlework crafts as well as the many adventures that included camping, car shows, and cross country vacations. Her keen wit and sense of humor will always be remembered.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 18, 2014