Betty Joy Garborg
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February 23, 1931 ˜ March 29,

Betty Joy Lawson was born Feb. 23, 1931, in Hartman, CO, to Harry and Goldie Lawson. The family later moved to Vancouver, WA, where Harry worked at Alcoa Aluminum. Betty attended Clark Community College and Central Washington College of education. She taught kindergarten at Hockinson Elementary for most of her career. In 1963 she married Roy Garborg. He proceeded her in death in 2005.
Betty enjoyed many crafts, including sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, embroidery and painting. She was also an avid reader. Betty and Roy were long time members of Brush Prairie Baptist church.
After Roy’s death she lived several years at Angelbrook Senior Living and Alpine Hill Adult Family Home. She was always treated with special care by her caregivers who loved her sunny disposition and her radiant smile.
Betty passed away Monday, March 29, 2021, at age 90, at Alpine Hill AFH with family by her side.
She is survived by her brother, Robert Lawson Sr.; and nephews, Robert Lawson Jr. and David Lawson.
A graveside service will be held Monday, April 12 at 2 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 4, 2021.
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April 8, 2021
My kindergarten teacher....she was a gem. I remember the smells of kindergarten and the records she would play as we rested. Baby Baluga in the deep blue sea....and Puff The Magic Dragon. And when Ian Bonife pulled my chair away as I was going to sit down and I landed on the ground (haha). Ahhh, sweet memories, but mostly the love that Mrs. Garborg shared with us.
Chastidy (Kinnunen) Berg
April 6, 2021
My oldest brother Corrie Karlsen was in her first kindergarten class and my 2nd oldest nephew was in her last class.
Dwight E Karlsen
April 5, 2021
Oh, Mrs. Garborg. You were my kindergarten teacher in the late 70’s. You also taught both of my siblings at Hockinson Elementary. We all loved you. Rest in peace.
Michael Kettlety
April 4, 2021
Mrs. Garborg was my kindergarten teacher in probably 1968 (born Nov '63). This was a few years after prayer in public school was banned by the SCOTUS cases. We only went half-days, so had a "snack-time," and she always said, "If you want to say grace before eating, think it in your head, but don't say it out loud." I was too young to know what that was about, but everyone complied.
Dwight Karlsen
April 4, 2021
I will never forget Mrs. Garborg - she was born to teach kindergarten, a very gentle and patient lady, and a real comfort to this scared little one who was just starting out in Hockinson schools. If she were here, I would say, “Thank you for setting us up so well”.
Lynette Mickelson
April 4, 2021
Betty was such a beautiful soul! She was born to be a kindergarten teacher!
I worked with Betty at Hockinson Elementary School!

Sharon Johnson
Sharon Johnson
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