Betty Jane Berg, 71, of Granger is resting now in the arms of her heavenly Father. She passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in Toppenish.

Betty was born Dec. 9, 1939 in Atkinson, Neb., the daughter of Charles and Edna (Stege) Ford.

In the early 1970s Betty moved to the valley, settling in Grandview. She worked as a dental assistant, nurses aid at the local nursing home, helping her husband, Merlin, with daily operation of the apple orchard and her final employer was Daily Sun News.

Betty was an avid reader, gardener, painter and crafter.

She enjoyed her children and grandchildren, and great grandchildren and canine companion, "Daisy".

Betty was a member of the auxiliary of the Lower Valley Elks Lodge #2112.

She is survived by her loving husband, Merlin Berg of Granger; three sons, Steven Randell of Chico, Calif., Ron Derrick (Pam) and Emmett Derrick, all of Castle Rock; two daughters, Debra (Butch) Odegaard of Lewiston, Idaho and Penny Kirchoff of Spearfish, S.D.; a daughter-in-law, Sue Randell of Kelso; numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren; three brothers, Jerry (May) Ford of Kelso, Darrol (Barbara) Ford of Troutdale, Ore. and Mick Ford of Curlew; one sister, Mary Jo Ramento of Redding, Calif.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Edna and Emmett Pourier the father that raised her; two sons, Darrol Randell and Tony Berg; two sisters, Lola Hart and Cheryl Harmon; and a brother-in-law, Eddie.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 3 p.m., at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to sign Betty's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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