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Betty Jean Markley

July 4, 1931 January 3, 2019
Betty Jean Markley
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Obituary for Betty Jean Markley

Betty Jean Markley, 87, of Hauser Lake, Idaho, passed away January 3, 2019 in Coeur d’Alene,
Idaho after a long battle with cancer.

Betty was born on July 4, 1931 in Lewiston Idaho. She was the daughter of Arnold and Cleo
Anderson, the real firecracker of the family. She was soon joined by her sister, Shirley
(Rathbun) and the two were inseparable, remaining best friends until Shirley passed in 2015.
Betty married Fred Markley on April 20, 1951 and the two of them welcomed two sons into the
world, Doug and Larry. Betty became a young widow when Fred suddenly passed on February
8, 1990 at the age of 59. She later met Alex Oslund, they remained life partners until his sudden
death on April 5, 1997. Betty was no stranger to heartbreak, but said she really felt the power of
God’s presence and guidance at these hard times.

Betty graduated from Pullman High School in 1950. She worked as a telephone operator in
Pullman in the 50’s. Later in her life, Betty volunteered for the Reach to Recovery Program, a
cancer organization where she helped others deal with their cancer all the while fighting her own
battle. In 2011, at the Relay for Life race Betty received the Mary Cederblom award for her
dedication to supporting other cancer patients, which in her words, was a real honor. She was
so proud to have received the award especially because it was from her fellow cancer survivors.
She proudly hung it in an esteemed place in her kitchen.

Betty was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and had faith and trust in God which helped
her through her many challenges in life. She also attributed her good sense of humor, family,
friends, including Betty Eggers a friend since 7th grade and good doctors who supported her
through her 25+ years as a cancer survivor. Betty’s greatest achievements were her two sons,
Doug and Larry. Betty was the glue that held her family together, she always hosted holiday
dinners where everyone was welcome. Her smile and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly
missed.

Betty is survived by her sons, Doug Markley of Post Falls, Idaho, Larry Markley of Pinehurst,
Idaho; grandchildren, Charlie (Stacey) Markley, Ryan (Clarissa) Markley, Steve Markley, Jamie
Markley, Jennifer (Nick) Riley; Ten great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; two
nephews, Arnie (Terri) Rathbun, Vince Rathbun; brother-in-law, Loris Rathbun; cousin, Patty
Stinson and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Markley,
parents, Arnold and Cleo Anderson and sister, Shirley Rathbun.

A private family burial will be at Coeur d' Alene Memorial Gardens with public services to follow on Thursday, January 10, 2019, 1:30 pm at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1011 N.
Compton St., Post Falls, Idaho 83854

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery Program or
Hospice of North Idaho. The family wants to give special thanks to Hospice and all the dedicated people that were there for Betty as she made her final journey.


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Service

Thursday

10

Jan

1:30 AM 1/10/2019 1:30:00 AM
Calvary Lutheran Church

1011 N. Compton Street
Post Falls, ID 83854

Calvary Lutheran Church
1011 N. Compton Street Post Falls 83854 ID
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Coeur d' Alene Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

7315 Government Way
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814

7315 Government Way Coeur d' Alene 83814 ID
United States

Memorial Contribution

Hospice of North Idaho

2290 W. Prairie Ave.
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83815

American Cancer Society

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