1935 - 2016 Elizabeth (Betty) Marie Pritchard Weese, born December 6, 1935 in London, England. She passed away on September 17, 2016 at the age of 80. She is survived by sons Steven and Damon Weese, daughter Lisa Reed, son in law Gary Reed, granddaughters Luci, Stephanie and Sheena and great granddaughter Trinity. Betty has two brothers, one sister, nieces and nephews living in England. She traveled to the United States in 1957 to marry Lionel (Brud) Weese. They were married nearly 59 years (he passed away 2-15-16). Betty became a US citizen in 1966. Betty was evacuated from London to the country side in England during WWII at the age of 5 with few visits to her family. She returned to London and rejoined her family at age 9. Betty met Lionel dancing in London when he was on leave in the US Army while stationed in Germany. After they were married she was a homemaker. Betty worked at LCC and retired after 20 years. Lionel and Betty were members of the Traditional Jazz Society of Oregon and Portland Dixieland Jazz Society. Betty sang jazz standards while Lionel accompanied her on clarinet or sax. An Open House Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 23rd from 2PM to 4PM at 1410 Clearwater Lane, Springfield, OR 97478 to honor Betty. Live Jazz music will be performed and light refreshments will be served. Please send donations to the American Cancer Society for early detection of lung cancer in lieu of flowers.
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