Betty Ann (Hinkle) Gillett passed away Sunday January 22, 2017, in Sedan, Kansas. She was born to Chester and Viola Marie (Hall) Hinkle on June 5, 1936, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Betty was raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where she attended school and graduated from Guthrie High School in May 1955.
On June 28, 1955, she married Robert (Bob) Gillett in Wenatchee, Washington. To this union came five children: Barney, Carolyn, Tamara, Brenda and Neoma.
The family moved to a farm in Irrigon in March 1975. Betty enjoyed her vegetable and flower gardens, reading, jigsaw puzzles, games, traveling, cooking for and being with her family. She also enjoyed volunteering for whatever job needed to be done.
Betty was a member of and a Sunday School teacher at Columbia View Community Church for many years. She also volunteered for many years at the Irrigon Senior Center, both at the center and serving coffee to weary travelers from the senior coffee trailer at the Boardman rest area. Betty was also involved from the beginning of the Irrigon Watermelon Festival. She was always busy and never turned anyone down who needed her help. She was a very selfless and giving person. Everyone around her couldn’t help but absorb her love and passion for life.
Betty was preceded in death by her former husband, Bob Gillett; her father and stepmother, Chester and Ruby Hinkle; her mother and stepfather, Viola Marie and John Wills; Bob’s parents, Vernon and Helen Gillett; half brother Larry Wills; and brother-in-law Charles Gillett.
Betty is survived by son Barney Gillett of Howard, Kansas; daughters Carolyn Prouty and her husband Bart of Irrigon, Ore., Tammy Reid and her husband Andy of Pasco, Wash., Brenda Newport and her husband John of Irrigon, Ore., and Nomie Stout and her fiancé Ralph Green of West Valley, Utah; 12 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by half brothers Phil Wills and his wife Kathy, Gene Wills, John Wills, and Floyd Hinkle and his wife Joyce; half sisters Donna Dvorak and her husband Jerry and Nancy Ray; sister-in-law Linda Crow and her husband Everett; and brothers-in-law Billy Gillett and his wife Clara, and Mike Gillett and his wife Gwen.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Irrigon Senior Center, with a potluck to follow.