Bette Vickerman HARDER (1941 - 2018)

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HARDER, Bette Vickerman

After a short battle with cancer, Bette Vickerman Harder was welcomed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 30, 2018.
Bette was born in Spokane, Washington on March 13, 1941, to Ruth and Ted Vickerman. She attended Jefferson Elementary School where she was student body president. She graduated Lewis and Clark High School in 1959. At LC, she was a student body officer, Junior Prom Queen, May Princess and on the honor roll for excellence in grades. As a senior, she was a finalist for Miss Spokane.
Bette attended the University of Idaho where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education after 3 ½ years of study. While at the University, she was secretary of Spurs (national sophomore women's honorary). Majorette leader of the Vandalettes (the University majorette marching team), a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, a finalist for Miss University of Idaho and on the Dean's List for academic achievement.
She accepted a teaching position as a first grade teacher in the Highline School District in Seattle and completed her fifth year of study at the University of Washington for teacher certification in the state.
In 1966, she married the love of her life, Gene Harder. They were married 40 years until his death in 2006. Bette taught in Seattle, Spokane, Coeur d' Alene and Boise. In Boise, she was personal secretary to Ruby Samuelson, the wide of Governor Don Samuelson of Idaho. She was instrumental in helping Ruby establish her "Heritage on Wheels" which furnished the governor's mansion with china and silver.
In 1972, Bette and Gene welcomed their son Chad.
Bette served on the Advisory Board of the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and volunteered at Redeemer Lutheran Church and The Valley Center. She was a charter member of the Ponderosa PTA and on their Board of Directors. She and her husband were "Lifetime Members" of the Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. In later years, she served as a member of the G. Eugene Harder Memorial Scholarship Committee.
Mrs. Harder is survived by her son, Chad Harder of Portland, Oregon and her brother, Mike Vickerman, Sr. and his wife Denise of Spokane. Other survivors include her nephew Mike Vickerman, Jr. of Spokane, her niece Andrea Blasko of Bellevue and nephew Lance Woodall of Post Falls and Glenda Daspit of St. Louis. Her parents and her husband preceded her in death.
The family suggests donations be made to the Spokane Food Bank at 1234 East Front Avenue 99202, The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery at 1004 East 8th 99202 or The Hospice House at 121 South Aurthur 99202.
A celebration of life will be held June 30th at 4:00PM at the Airport Ramada.

Published in Spokesman-Review on June 12, 2018