Sept. 29, 1950 -- July 13, 2010

Betty has gone to be with her Maker.

Daughter of Samuel and Eleanore (Twomey Clotere) Hyman, she was born in Burbank, Calif., and lived in North Hollywood before moving to Santa Clara, Calif. Betty had lived in Corvallis for the past 15 years.

Betty defied old medical standards by almost reaching her 60th birthday with both Down Syndrome and the fast onset of Alzheimer’s disease. She exceeded all expectations in what she accomplished, especially her ability to read and her comprehension. Her mother’s patience and determination were given total credit for these successes.

Betty worked at Cornerstone and Packaging Plus, and participated in Special Olympics and the annual developmentally disabled Corvallis Christmas Pageant, and she especially enjoyed her community’s special excursions. Betty loved family gatherings, listening to and watching sports and reading TV Guide, and every restaurant she passed was her instant “favorite place to eat.”

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Rae Dean Clotere; her nephew, Billy Clotere of Eugene; nieces, Chrissie Clotere Bertsch of Salem and Carrie Clotere of Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; and many other loving family members, as well as the many supportive members of the Corvallis DD community.

The Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Home, and a funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Friday, July 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albany. Interment will be in the Mission City Memorial Park in Santa Clara, Calif., and will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to Benton County Special Olympics or Bridges Enterprises, and sent in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321 (

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