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  • "Betty was a wonderful woman and I am sorry to hear of her..."
    - Mary P
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    - Jeanette Dunkin
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January 9, 1921 ~ October 9, 2012

Betty Beardsley Plank, 91, of Vancouver, WA, passed away on Oct. 9, 2012. She was born in Yakima, WA on Jan. 9, 1921 to Mary Elizabeth Beardsley, the middle of three children.
Betty attended the University of Washington, where she met her husband, Harold F. Plank. They were married in June 1944.
Betty worked as a social worker, helping her husband to get his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from MIT.
Betty and Harold settled in Portola Valley, CA for many years and had four children, Wilson Plank, Barton Plank (deceased), Alixandra Brevig and Constance Harker Plank. Betty had four grandchildren, Megan Brevig, Erin Harker, Noel Brevig and Sarah Harker.
After divorcing her husband in 1974, Betty moved to Carmel, CA and became the Executive Director of the Carmel Foundation. Betty moved to Vancouver, WA in 1992. There she built a duplex as a model for affordable senior housing. She gave seminars to groups wishing to emulate her plan. Betty became very active in the sewing group at her church, St. Luke's Episcopal Church. She started an association to build an accessible park for seniors.
Eventually, Betty moved to Rose Villa and had an apartment there. She enjoyed the people, the gardens, and the fact that she could have her cat, Chester.
There will be a memorial service for Betty Plank on Sat., Nov. 10, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98663.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Rose Villa Foundation, 13505 SE River Road, Portland, OR 97222.
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 6, 2012
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