Betty Burnham, aged 89, passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, at Brookside Landing due to advanced heart disease.
Betty was born in Missoula, Mt., to Carrol and Lois Brock, March 24, 1931.
While growing up, the family resided in Spokane, WA, before settling in Orofino, ID, where her father found an accounting position with a local firm.
The family lived in the Riverside neighborhood, and Betty graduated from Orofino High School.
Betty met Luther C. “Bob” Burnham, her future husband of 53 years, while attending the University of Idaho. Due to several relocations because of Bob’s work as an electrical engineer with Westinghouse, Betty lived in Pittsburgh, PA, Orange County, CA, and Appleton, WI before making Orofino her permanent home.
Betty and Bob had two children, Robin and Denise. Betty was a full-time homemaker while her children were young, then worked as an office manager and bookkeeper at an insurance agency.
When Bob retired, they were finally able to fulfill their lifelong dream of returning to Idaho, and purchased the home her father built.
Throughout her adulthood, Betty enjoyed being a member of several organizations, among them Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, P.E.O., and Daughters of the American Revolution. The sisterhood and friendships she developed in these organizations brought her much joy through the years.
Betty was an avid bridge player and loved her regular get-togethers to have lunch and play bridge with her many friends. Betty also enjoyed crafting and sewing. She created many beautiful tapestries and needlepoint objects that are enjoyed by her children and grandchildren.
Betty was an active community volunteer in her retirement years.
Betty enjoyed working with numbers and was a talented bookkeeper. She has given accounting services as treasurer for a combined total of 113 years for community organizations. They include the Clearwater Memorial Public Library, 28 years (1991-2019); P.E.O. Chapter CD, 23 years (1996-2019); Daughters of the American Revolution, 24 years (1991-2015); Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary, 14 years (2005-2019); and the United Methodist Church in Orofino, 24 years (1995-2019).
Betty is predeceased by her parents, Carroll and Lois Brock, her husband, Bob Burnham, and her son, Robin Burnham.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Denise Whetzel and husband Regis, of Pittsburgh, PA; three grandchildren, Scott Hoadley of Portland, OR, Matthew Hoadley and wife Amanda of Madison, WI and Elizabeth Oravets and husband Rob of Pittsburgh, PA; and her brother Norman Brock and his family of Davenport, WA.
Arrangements have been made at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino. Due to public safety concerns and her wishes, no service is planned.
Gifts in her memory may be sent to the Clearwater Memorial Public Library P.O Box 471 Orofino, Idaho 83544