Helen Elizabeth (Betty) Locey

2012-11-01T08:00:00Z Helen Elizabeth (Betty) Locey Corvallis Gazette Times
November 01, 2012 8:00 am

Sept. 5, 1928 — Oct. 28, 2012

Helen Elizabeth (Betty) Locey, 84, of Corvallis died Sunday.

Betty was born to Ervin and Helen Reiman on Sept. 5, 1928, in Rosalia, Wash. She was the youngest of three children.

The family moved to Corvallis when Betty was in the second grade. She graduated from Corvallis High School in 1946 and went on to Oregon State College, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. Betty graduated March 17, 1950, in secretarial science, and was married to J. Michael Locey two days later.

The next five years took the young couple from the Midwest to the East Coast while completing a training program for General Electric. They settled in Redmond and finally came back home to Corvallis in 1955. During this time, they welcomed three children into their family —Steve, Linda and Jay — and, of course, Betty’s beloved Boston terrier, Tuffy.

Betty was a homemaker and very active in her children’s lives, participating in PTA, Cub Scouts, Campfire Girls and Rainbow Girls, and making many carpool trips to the Albany YMCA for swim team practices. She also did the books and payroll for the family business, Corvallis Packing Company; volunteered weekly in Good Samaritan Hospital’s maternity ward for 20 years; and was an active member of the Assistance League of Corvallis and P.E.O.

Mike and Betty retired early, spending winters traveling south in their RV and summers at Triangle Lake, watching their grandchildren grow up. Betty loved the water and went tubing one last time on her 80th birthday. Some of her favorite trips were caravaning with close friends in Mexico.

She was a true Beaver believer throughout her entire life — as a student, an alumna, a mother of a player and finally as a coach’s mother. She always was yelling “Intercept!” or “Fumble!” whenever the defense took the field.

Betty suffered a stroke at age 69, and was a true role model for accepting what life hands you and moving on the best you can. She always had a smile on her face and kept her wonderful sense of humor to the end.

Betty is survived by her husband of 62 years, Mike; brother Bill Reiman; sons Steve (Barb) and Jay (Susan); daughter Linda (Dave); six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Per Betty’s request, her memorial will be a private family affair.

Special thanks to the wonderful people at Benton Hospice Service.

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