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In Memory of

Betty Darlene Turvey

May 24, 1940 - April 1, 2015

Obituary


Betty Darlene Miley-Turvey, born in Moxee, Washington on May 24, 1940 to Mae & Cleavy Miley, passed away on April 1, 2015 at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital with her family by her side.

She was one of eight children and the last surviving sibling. She married Jim Turvey on May 26, 1960 in Yakima, Washington and lived there until the spring of 1965 when they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska with their two children after the death of their son, James (Willie) Turvey to SIDS. They were in Fairbanks for two years when their...

Betty Darlene Miley-Turvey, born in Moxee, Washington on May 24, 1940 to Mae & Cleavy Miley, passed away on April 1, 2015 at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital with her family by her side.

She was one of eight children and the last surviving sibling. She married Jim Turvey on May 26, 1960 in Yakima, Washington and lived there until the spring of 1965 when they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska with their two children after the death of their son, James (Willie) Turvey to SIDS. They were in Fairbanks for two years when their fourth child was born right before the great flood of 1967. Betty packed the children up and was evacuated to Anchorage, Alaska where they stayed with friends while her husband stayed in Fairbanks working as a city employee helping where he could. They lost their home to the flood and had to start over just down the street by the river. That is where they lived until moving back to Yakima in June of 1976.

Betty was a hard worker all of her life. She started working at a very young age alongside her mom in the hop fields and picking grapes. Throughout her life she helped run several businesses with her husband, waitressed, worked retail sales, was a flagger, and retired from Del Monte Cannery after working many years running the syrup room during pear season.

She loved children and took in several foster kids while living in Alaska. There was a great need for children living in remote areas who needed medical care. Betty would offer to pick the children up at the airport, take them to their doctor appointments and see to it that they received the care they needed. Betty continued with her love of children once she moved back to Yakima by inviting local schools to their farm. They had one teacher from the Martin Luther King School who brought her special education class to the farm for twenty-nine years.

Betty and Jim enjoyed varies activities throughout their marriage from snow machining at their property on Chena Ridge to spending summers fishing in Homer, Alaska. Betty still holds the biggest catch of the family with her 205 lb halibut and 50 lb king salmon. Her activities changed after moving back to Yakima starting a farm where she loved raising peacocks, chickens, cows, horses and feeding the koi fish in the ponds they built. One of her loves was going yard selling on the weekends; she could find anything for anyone, anywhere!

She loved sports and watching her grandchildren play hockey, soccer, baseball, fastpitch and dance. Betty was known to all of the grandchildren's team mates as "Grandma Turvey" and she treated all of them as her own. Another love of Betty's was cooking and sewing which she shared her talent with her granddaughter Cassie.

She's survived by her husband Jim Turvey and children, son Rick Turvey (Jennifer Woodard) of Yakima, grandson Chris Turvey (Brandy Bos) of Yakima (great granddaughter Hannah), granddaughter Cynthia Turvey (Jeff Signorino) of Fairbanks (great granddaughters Abigale & Victoria and great grandson Wyatt), daughter-in-law Marilyn Turvey of Fairbanks, daughter Tina Hansen (Gordie Hansen) of Longview, grandson Kenneth Hansen (Lyndsey Hansen) of Longview (great granddaughters Alana & Andraya), daughter Lydia Hester (Jim Hester) of Kennewick, granddaughter Cassie Marshall (Matt Marshall), grandson TJ Hester (Taylor Hamil). Special relatives and friends, Midge Switzer, Bertie Miley & Family, Pam Boster, Doc McManis, Jim St. Martin, Danny Tenbusch, Debbie Hill, Kelli Austin and all of our hockey families. Special thanks to Dr. Brady for giving us more time and memories with this wonderful, kind and beautiful woman.

She's preceded in death by her parents May and Cleavy, seven siblings, son Willie Turvey and good friend Beth St. Martin.

Don't cry because I'm gone, be happy I was here!