BETSY ROSS TEMPLETON (1918 - 2013)

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Betsy Ross Templeton of Anacortes died 1/30/13 at the age of 94. She was born on September 13, 1918, in Lawrence County, Illinois.

Betsy grew up and attended school in Lawren-ceville, Illinois, and graduated from Lawrenceville High School.

She was hired as a steno at the Indian Refining Company, a subsidiary of Texaco. At that time Texaco was using the Lawren-ceville Refinery at as a training area for young engineers. Her husband to be graduated with a MSE degree from Purdue University in 1940 and was assigned to the Lawrenceville Refinery. Betsy was married to First Lieutenant Philip Templeton on April 25, 1942, at Camp Leonard Wood, Missouri.

The Army had a bad habit during the war of moving people and Betsy always went along to such places as Fort Belvoir, VA, Austin, TX, San Antonio, TX, Camp Carson, CO. When Major Templeton returned from Europe at Xmas 1944 she went along to Ft. Leavenworth and finally back to Camp Leonard Wood. After the war, Texaco assigned her husband back to the Lawrenceville Refinery and she could stay put for the next 6 years. Her next stop was Amarillo, TX for 10 years, on to Buena Park, CA for 11 years and finally arrived in Anacortes, WA in 1973. When her husband retired in 1980, they chose to remain in Anacortes. For the next 10 years, Betsy and her husband spent an average of eight weeks a year in Hawaii, primarily on Betsy's favorite island, Kauai.

Betsy was always a friendly person and during the various moves in the Army, followed by moves with Texaco she made friends easily and kept in contact with many of them. In Anacortes, she learned the finer points of the game of Bridge and she in turn taught her husband when he retired in 1980. Starting in 1987, and for 12 years, she and her husband taught bridge and ran Bridge Games on cruise ships making some 60 cruises mostly on Princess and Royal Caribbean. Again her ability to make friends was a plus aboard ship.

Betsy was the youngest of eight children, the others consisting of two half brothers and five half sisters, all deceased. Betsy is survived by son Larry of Anacortes, son Dave of Danville, California, grandson Gregory (on leave from Army going to college & in ROTC training in Bay Area, CA), and grandson Thomas of Glendale, AZ.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Feb. 2, 2013
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