Betty Lou Williams Johnson


July 22, 1926 - October 31, 2021

Betty Lou Williams Johnson passed away on October 31, 2021, in Eugen, Ore. Betty  was born on July 22, 1926, in Hot Springs, S.D., to Albert Williams and Emma Murphy Williams.  

Albert and Emma were pioneer settlers in the Black Hills, homesteading 500 acres outside of Pringle, S.D., the AW Williams Ranch, they raised cattle and ran a successful sawmill and lumber business. Betty attended Pringle grade school. After her father sold the ranch, the family moved into Hot Springs. Betty graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1944. During World War II, Betty worked at the Black Hills Ordnance Depot in Edgemont.

Betty married Guerdon Ray Mann (“Shorty”) in Dubuque, Iowa in 1945. They had three sons, Douglas, Robert and David.  The family moved to Medford, Ore. in 1948. After divorcing Guerdon, Betty married Emil Johnson from Williams, Ore.  They had one daughter, Cynthia. They also divorced.

Betty worked in secretarial and accounting positions in the wholesale grocery and construction industries in Medford.  After moving to Eugene in 1969, Betty was employed by McCracken Brothers Motor Freight, International King’s Table and the University of Oregon. She retired from the University in 1990.

Betty’s many interests included music (she was an accomplished pianist), literature, art, gardening and genealogy.  Betty traveled to Western Europe, Poland, Greece and Russia.  Betty traveled with the Women’s Journey for Peace in 1987.  Betty was a member of Amnesty International, The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club and was an Oasis Tutor. Betty had been a member of Peace Presbyterian Church and Central Presbyterian Church.

Betty is survived by sons, Douglas Mann of Eugene and Robert Mann, Ph.D., of Florida. Her son, David predeceased her in 1975. Betty is also survived by her daughter, Cynthia Borders, of Oregon City, Ore.; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren: Ariane and Andrew Telligman of Puyallup, Wash., and their sons, Ryder and Finn; Jason Mann of Veneta, Ore.; Melissa and Jesse Bradshaw of Estacada, Ore., and children Ethan and Lilly; Richard and Jessica Borders of Silverton, Ore., and their son, Jonah as well as Robert’s son, Ilyusha Mann, the wanderer.

Fall River County Herald Star

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