Betty DeVeny, 82, was born March 13, 1931, in Glendale, Calif., to Guy S. Gililland and Beulah Beatrice Davis Gililland. She has one younger sister, Bobby Jean Copley. The family lived in California until 1940 when they moved to Lubbock, Texas, because the climate was helpful for Bobby. Grandmother Davis lived in Lubbock. When the war broke out both parents went to work in defense work. Guy was an aircraft electrician and Beulah was a supply clerk. They later transferred to Colorado Springs, Colo., then in 1949 to southern California where they both retired from federal service. Betty graduated from high school in Colorado Springs in 1948, and then enrolled in the College Engineering at the University of Colorado, as a chemical engineering major, which she attended for two years.
She married Bill DeVeny Oct. 12, 1950, in Cascade, Idaho, and came to live on the Shingle Creek Ranch near Riggins. They have four children, Janet (husband Larry Stromberg), Bryan (wife Sandi), Craig (deceased), and Michael (wife Carol).
Bill was drafted in February, 1951. After basic training, he was stationed at Fort Monmouth, N.J., as a radar instructor. Betty joined him there and worked as an engineering aide for the Army Signal Corps until Bill was discharged. They returned to the Shingle Creek Ranch. Besides helping on the ranch, Betty worked at the Seven Devils Café and was an alternate clerk in the post office for Lillian Nail. In October, 1959, Betty went to work for the Slate Creek Ranger Station. While working full time, Betty finished her college work and obtained a BS degree from Lewis Clark State College. She retired from the Forest Service in August, 1986. After retirement she became a certified general real estate appraiser, an occupation which she enjoyed very much. She was instrumental in organizing the Salmon River Rural Fire Department and signed the articles of incorporation as president. While Craig and Mike were in high school she was very active in the high school rodeo club, and for many years Betty and Bill were in charge of collecting the ticket money from the ticket booths at the Riggins Rodeo. She was also active in Farm Bureau, served as county president, and was voted woman of the year.
She was a member of Garnet Rebekah Lodge #120. In lieu of cards and flowers Betty wanted a donation made to the Rebekahs, P.O. Box 385, Riggins, ID 83549. In the fall the family will hold a private gathering in her memory.
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