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Betty Jonita Gulzow

November 12, 1924 — July 11, 2020

Betty Jonita (Bunten) Gulzow, 95 of La Grande died peacefully on Saturday, July 11, 2020.
A family graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, July 17th, 2020 at the Island City Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center of La Grande.
Betty was born to John and Bessie (Hoffman) Bunten on November 12, 1924 in La Grande, Oregon. Betty spent her first years on Cabbage Hill and attended a one room school house in her early grades. Her family then moved to the Island City area and she attended a one room school house on Redpepper Lane. She didn’t finish her schooling past the 8th because she needed to work to help the family. She married Bob Gulzow on March 5th, 1941 in Weiser, Idaho. They were married 60 years before his death in 2002. They enjoyed traveling in various countries and going south for many years. Bob and Betty were long time farmers in the Grande Ronde valley. They spent several yeaars living on the coast and then Salem, where Bob passed away.
Betty enjoyed gardening, restoring old furniture, cooking and traveling. She was a 4H leader and crew boss for Del Monte. She and Bob were long time members of the First Christian Church and the Good Sam Club.
She is survived by her 3 children, Karval Watts of Salem, Mike (Jackie) Gulzow of La Grande and Sandra Gulzow of Salem; sister, Janie Bates of Casper, Wyoming; 5 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Juanita Cross, brothers, Bill, Raymond, Leroy, Vernon and Fred Bunten and a grandson, Kevin Wilson.
Contributions in memory of Betty Gulzow may be made to the Heart & Home Hospice at 2104 Cove Avenue Ste. A, La Grande, OR 97850.
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SERVICES Graveside Service

Friday, July 17, 2020
11:00 AM

Island City Cemetery
McAlister Road
Island City, Oregon 97850

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