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Betty Jean Case

Betty Jean Case passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015, in Portland, Ore. at the age of 96. She was born November 13, 1919, with her twin sister, in Wichita, Kans. to Leda Fay Tibbutt and John P. Tibbutt.

Betty Jean spent her youth in Hutchinson, Kans., where she met her future husband, Laurel G. Case, while attending Hutchinson Junior College. She taught one year in a consolidated school in Lorraine, Kans., and then spent 1944 in Portland, Ore., hiring workers for the Albina Shipyard.  Betty married Laurel in 1945 and spent the next ten years supporting his medical education, the start of a new medical practice and starting a family.

In 1955, Betty persuaded Laurel to move to Medford, Ore. They joined the Presbyterian church and Betty sang in many groups, even starting her own barbershop quartet. While in Medford, she volunteered at the Gospel Mission, Parent Teacher Association, Welcome Wagon and became a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization.  In 1969, Betty and Laurel ventured to Portland where she volunteered at a convalescent center and later became the activities director.

In 1980, Betty became the proud grandmother of twin boys. Being a twin herself and having twin brothers, her curiosity of twin relationships and behavior inspired a research project that would result in three published books and an offer to appear on Oprah. Her works took her all over the world for speaking engagements providing insight and comfort to twins everywhere.

Betty Jean's greatest joy was being a grandmother. She encouraged their individuality and cheered them on every step of the way.

She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Fay Erz; twin brothers Tod and Ted Tibbutt; and husband Laurel Case.

Betty Jean is survived by her sons, John and his wife Sherry; Bob and his wife, Pam; grandchildren, Tony, Andy, Alexandra, Jocelyn, Johnna; and great-grandson, Cohen.

A memorial service will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 11, 2015 at the Rivercrest Community Church, 3201 NE 148th, Portland, OR 97230.