May 26, 1925 ˜ December 19, 2021
Betty Lane, 96, died Dec. 19, 2021, in Vancouver, WA. She was born to Frances and Charles DeSilva in Jacksonville, IL, on May 26, 1925, and was raised in Boston, MA. Her family moved to the Northwest, and she lived most of her life in Oregon, Washington and northern California. She was the oldest of five siblings. She married, had a daughter, Fran and became a widow in 1949 at the age of 25.
Betty worked in the restaurant and hospitality industries and even owned her own restaurant.
Betty was a strong, courageous woman whose faith, tenacity, and positive attitude helped her to flourish even when life was tough. She beat cancer four times. As an expression of love and affection Betty baked and cooked for her family and friends even up until Thanksgiving of this year.
Her secret to longevity was hard work, never believing she was too old to do anything, speaking her mind, and always serving others. She served in many ways including cooking gourmet meals for the guys at the St. Paul Shelter and working at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market.
Betty was predeceased by her husband, Edgar “Pat” Marshal Rayburn; and her brother, Chuck Swales. She is survived by her daughter, Fran Velkinburg (Bob); granddaughter, Danelle Stehr (David); grandson, Bryan Velkinburg (Sandy); great-granddaughter Sydney Velkinburg; and siblings, E.L. Swales, Clifford Swales, and Clara Nelson.
We will celebrate her life at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1309 Franklin ST, Vancouver, WA on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. Betty’s words of advice: “Think positive and put God first.”
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Published by The Columbian on Jan. 2, 2022.