Elizabeth M. Lundstrom, age 103, passed away August 10, 2018, at Angel Wings AFH, in Burien. She was born September 21, 1914 to Ethyl and Walter Klindt of The Dalles, Oregon.
She grew up on the Klindt farm in The Dalles. There, she was fortunate to be brought up by a loving family and caring friends, with the river and the mountains at her doorstep. She had a curious mind and shared a love of nature with her brother, Henry, and her sisters, Doris and Kathleen. At the age of fourteen she and Kathleen took her father’s boat, rowed across the Columbia River, climbed to the top of the Klickitats, and camped overnight. Betty later said “we just wondered what was on the other side.”
She graduated from The Dalles High School in 1932 and soon moved to Portland, attending Decker Business College. During the Depression, she worked for the Multnomah County Public Assistance Office and later the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She married Philip Lundstrom in 1939. They moved to Camp Roberts, California, where he was stationed during WWII. Betty moved to Paso Robles near the camp and worked for the Judge Advocates Office.
After the war, they returned to Portland briefly, but Philip landed work with Pacific Car and Foundry (later PACCAR) so they moved to Renton, Washington. They settled down, raised four kids, and became involved with many clubs and organizations in the community and regularly attended St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Betty was preceded in death by her daughters Sandy and Kathy (Phil Kiser). She is survived by her sons, Phil Jr. (Shannon Kennedy), Eric (Kelly Wilson) and grandchildren (children of Kathy), John, Jason and Jeff Kiser of Great Falls, MT, and Nelson Lowe of Anchorage AK.
A memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 99 Wells Ave. S., Renton, WA 98057, on September 22, 2018 at 1:00 PM.