Betty nee Berger OSTHELLER
1927 - 2021
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OSTHELLER, Betty (nee Berger) Betty Ostheller (nee Berger) was born November 24, 1927 in Westboro, Ohio and passed away January 29, 2021 in Spokane, WA. She was born to Ora West and Paul Berger and grew up with siblings Paul Berger, Virginia Hammack and Ruby Berger who died at the age of ten from electrocution while climbing a tree. Betty was an adventurous soul and took flying lessons at the age of 16 in Ohio, supported by her job as a soda jerk. She graduated from Springfield High School and attended Ohio State University for a year where a classmate was Jonathan Winters, the actor and comedian. When her mother moved to Pullman to take a job at WSC, Betty followed and took courses in Art leading to a college degree in l948. While at WSC she met a tall, handsome man who was there on the GI bill studying architecture who would eventually become her husband, Orland Ostheller. After college, Betty moved to Seattle to work for a few years, living on a houseboat in Lake Union with her female roommates. In 1951 she returned to the eastern side of the state to marry Orland who had decided to take up farming in Fairfield. They settled happily into farming and welcomed the additions of three children: David, Kari and Todd. Betty was a lifelong supporter of the arts and created some of her own art as well. She had a varied career as the owner of a junk/antique store in Latah, WA (Misery Mountain Memorabilia), a journalist for the local newspaper for the area "The Standard Register" where she wrote a column entitled "Betty Says" which reported local news, and the owner of the Mushroom Gallery in Spokane which displayed works by many local artists including Harold Balazs, Mel McCuddin, and Ken Spiering. After her husband died in 1980 Betty moved to Spokane where she enjoyed attending the symphony, plays and other arts events and was a member of the Unitarian Church. She moved to Wickenburg, AZ in the late 1980s and opened her own art gallery there. Betty made friends easily and had wonderful friends everywhere she lived. She had a talent for engaging strangers in conversation and ending up with them as friends perhaps due to her cheerful, inquisitive manner. While living in Arizona she was able to spend time with the daughter she had adopted out at birth, Roberta Graham, and developed a close relationship. In 2009, Betty moved back to the Northwest and spent her days in Assisted Living facilities in Bellevue and Spokane before moving to Palouse Country Assisted Living in Fairfield in 2020, completing the circle of her full life. She is survived by her children: David (Ingrid) (ex Ellen), Kari Fisher (ex Bruce), and Todd (Julie) as well as Roberta Hill (John). Her grandchildren include Michael Cuber, Scott Cuber, Greta Kodan (Dan), Max Ostheller (Valerie), Mariah Wear (Cai), Molly Ostheller, Peter Fisher and Dylan Fisher and six great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held once Covid restrictions are lifted, most likely in the summer months. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the SE Spokane County Museum in Fairfield or the Will Carl and Berniece (Pittman) Ostheller scholarship fund at WSU or a charity of your choice.

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Published in Spokesman-Review from Feb. 3 to Feb. 7, 2021.
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February 7, 2021
We were certainly sad to learn of Betty's passing. She was a good friend to my parents and always a bright and lively soul to the "kids" my age. Her love of art and people was inspiring. I have many memories of Betty O. both at the lake and on the farm!! Please do let us know when her memorial will be.
Sally and Bill Baird
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February 4, 2021
It is with great sadness that I hear of the passing of your mother, Betty. I have so many memories filled with laughter and fun with you and your parents that I shall never forget. Remember those wonderful moments and know that she will never leave you.
Please let me know when the funeral is to be held. I would like to come down for it, covid etc.
Tom and Sally Bond
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