BETTY G. WILSON
Betty G. Wilson, — Ashland, died 9/27/04, at age 95, ending a loving, creative, effective — life. Daughter Denise Miller (Bob), granddaughters Logan Miller & Samantha — Miller Metheny (Steve), Minto Miller Thorsen (Jack), & great-granddaughter — Teighe Thorsen were with her. She is survived by them, grandson Roc Miller — (Sylmar, CA) great-grandson Graham Thorsen (Grace) & their son Elijah — (Ashland).
Born Veta Elizabeth Geddes in Tacoma, — WA on 4/19/09, Betty spent her early years there & in Seattle, moving — to Beverly Hills with her family in 1915. She attended school at the early — motion pictures studios where her mother taught, & appeared in many films. —
Betty sang with the Los Angeles & — Oakland Light Opera Companies, before & after her marriage to Robert Armour — Wilson in 1935. Her beloved husband died in 1989. The daughter, sister — & granddaughter of musicians, she & her family were also soloists at St. — Thomas Episcopal Church of Hollywood for many years. Betty sang non-professionally — & for — decades led & supported the Opera Reading Club of Hollywood. Many — of her descendants are also musicians.
An abiding interest in organizations — & ways to promote voter education & world peace led her to study political — science, history, & economics at USC & UCLA. She was a delegate to the — formative meetings of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1944 & established — chapters of the American Association for the United Nations (now UNA-USA) — in Westwood & Palos Verdes, CA & also ran the AAUN office in Beverly Hills. —
After she & Bob followed their daughter&
39;s — family to Ashland in 1976, & Denise into the League of Women Voters, Betty — became president of the tiny Ashland Chapter. Her effective leadership — led to national recognition for achieving the greatest growth of any League — chapter in the entire United States, for 2 years in a row. She remained — active with both League & UNA-USA until she was 90.
Betty & Bob designed & built or remodeled — several commercial properties & houses. With the help of their daughter&
39;s — family & many friends they created a warm, welcoming home in Ashland which — they joyfully shared as they had those in Manhattan Beach, Palo Verdes — & Los Angeles, CA. Betty&
39;s great gifts for family, music, friendship — & engagement in the organizations whose goals she supported so passionately — gave birth to many life-long relationships which enriched her life & those — of her family members.
Betty's family wish to thank all — the dedicated souls who helped us care for her in her last years; Marilyn — Hildreth, Grace Thorsen, Taylin Rama, Marty & Lolita Bell & her family, — & the gentle Providence Hospice team of Marcia North, Leslie Mehaffey, — Christine Payne, Laurie Ann Hunter & David Campbell. A memorial service — will be held at the Ashland First Presbyterian Church on October 16, 2004 — at 11AM. A reception at home will follow. Those who care to remember Betty — with gifts may send contributions in her honor to the Ashland Chapters — of the League of Women Voters, UNA-USA of Southern Oregon, or the R.V. — Symphony Orchestra.
Annette V. Davenport
Annette V. Davenport, 91, of Ashland, — died Saturday (Oct. 2, 2004) at her residence. Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen — Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Ashland.