Betty Lee Mellen, 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Betty was born December 2, 1923, in Washington, D.C., to David and Bertha Cheseldine.

She was raised in Washington, D.C., but spent much of her youth in southern Maryland along the Potomac River. Her family always had a boat and Betty became an accomplished river pilot. She married Richard Mellen in August 1944, and raised their three sons in Annandale, Va. In 1969, Betty and Dick were both working for United Airlines and were transferred to San Francisco, retiring in 1980. Betty and Dick then moved to Medford, Ore., where they enjoyed gardening, traveling and numerous Hawaiian vacations. Betty resided in Sandpoint, Idaho, from 1999 and passed away in Kootenai, Idaho.

Betty is survived by her sister, Marjorie, of Virginia; three sons, Rick (Jo Robinson), of Seattle, Wash., Jim (Sandii) of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Dave, of Cupertino, Calif.; grandson, Jim Jr. (Shauna), of Burns Lake, B.C.; nephew, Bill Nail;

nieces, Brenda Hirst, Linda Moore, Darlene Nestor and Dawn Blalock. Her parents and her husband, Richard, preceded Betty in death.

A memorial will be held in Medford, Ore., where she will be laid to rest with her husband, Dick, at Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Family and friends are invited to sign Betty's online guest book at Arrangements are

entrusted to the care of Coffelt Funeral Service.