May 6, 2014
Elizabeth “Betty” Fuller Wilder passed away from complications of pancreatic cancer on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the age of 91.
Born in Hood River, Ore., on July 17, 1922, to Charles and Lois (Coshow) Fuller, Betty was the youngest of four children with two sisters Frances and Harriet and a brother Bob. She attended elementary and high school in Hood River, and then began her studies at Oregon State University in Corvallis. She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, which became a lifelong affiliation.
Betty took a leave of absence during her senior year to help care for her brother Bob when he was diagnosed with cancer. In April of 1943, her sister Harriet died during childbirth. Betty moved to Eugene to help her brother-in-law Bill Smullin with her 10-year-old niece Shirley and newborn nephew David, creating a bond that lasts through today.