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Betty J. Schnell – Oct. 24, 1932 – Jan. 9, 2020

Betty J. Schnell – Oct. 24, 1932 – Jan. 9, 2020

Betty J. Schnell, 87, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, passed away on Jan. 9, 2020.
She was born on Oct. 24, 1932 in Eugene, Ore. to parents Claude and Mamie (Wilson) McMillen.
Betty received an associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Lane Community College in 1972 and a bachelor’s degree in community health education from the University of Oregon in 1980.
She married Neil M. Jacobson on Dec. 9, 1948; they later divorced. On May 29, 1953 she married Henry H. Whetham; they also divorced and she married Carl A. Schnell on Oct. 5, 1985.
Betty enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading and traveling. She was the president of the Cottage Grove branch of Habitat for Humanity in 2007 and volunteered for many years.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Linda Trombly (John); son, David S. Whetham; daughter, Sarah Turpin (Randy); son, Jd Whetham (Susan) all of Cottage Grove; stepson, Alan A. Randol (Sacra) of Vancouver, Wash.; stepdaughter, Erica Randol; sister, Reta Porath of Springfield, Ore.; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Schnell and grandson, Casey R. Whetham.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at the Dorena Grange.
Arrangements in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove.



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