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Betty Brown Bruner ’56

Betty was born in Portland to Cecil and Louise Brown, who owned a neighborhood store on Southeast Clinton Street. Her family moved to Klamath Falls in 1942, where her father worked as an engineer for Southern Pacific Railroad. Betty graduated from Klamath Union High School and studied English at the University of Oregon and Reed College. She returned to Klamath Falls and married the love of her life, Wayne J. Bruner, in 1955. Betty taught kindergarten classes in Klamath Falls, and for many years volunteered as a 4-H leader, as a community coordinator, and as a food judge at the Klamath County Fair. She also served as a hardworking and conscientious precinct worker in the Klamath County Elections Department.

In addition to managing the family rentals, she was a 55-year member of Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Episcopal Church. Betty’s husband Wayne passed away in 2001. She is survived by her daughters, Heather Coats and Heidi Lawrence.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2018

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