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Obituary: Sloan, Elizabeth N. (Echelbarger) “Betty”

Age 88

SLOAN, Elizabeth N. (Echelbarger) “Betty” Born March 15, 1925 in Spokane, WA to Elizabeth (Wing) and Jasper Echelbarger. Died peace-fully in Santa Cruz, CA on January 27, 2014, age 88. Graduated Lewis and Clark High School. Married Herbert Lamb in ‘43, helping rear Herb Jr. and Joanne. They enjoyed traveling. Worked at Armour’s peeling weiners in the 40 degree cold room for 27 years. The rest of her life Betty was always “too darn hot.” Married Lester Sloan in ‘68. Every summer was spent at their Pend O’Reille river cabin, welcoming family and friends. Signs over the round table informed of the card game rules (in life too): No sniveling. No whining.These summers were Betty’s happiest memories, fishing, cooking, laughing. Outspoken, opinionated, joke teller, huge heart, compassionate, loyal and energetic, Betty was family “glue,” writing, phoning, hosting birthday parties, caring for her mother. Volunteered in school nurse’s office and thrift store. Bowled. Loved to dance, enjoyed VFW hall good times. Knitted, crocheted, and quilted to donate. Lived in Sacramento, CA with sister Mary, ‘02-‘13, moving to Santa Cruz for her last months. Predeceased by brother Howard Echelbarger, sisters Mary Rogers, and Minnie Craig; husbands Herbert Lamb and Lester Sloan, stepson Herb Lamb (Rose), step-daughter-in-law Gina Sloan (Lester). Survived by sister Pearl Graham and brother, Chester Echelbarger (Donna); sister-in-law Norma Echelbarger (Don) all of Spokane. Survived by step-children, Lester Sloan, Spokane, Carol Holben, Bainbridge Island, Mary Joanne Furhmann, Alaska, Rose Lamb, Spokane. Also by her very large family including grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, to whom she was a blessing. Especially close to John Echelbarger, Karen Sackett (Rich), Susie Marsh (Dan), Norma Jean Craig, Jerry Walker (Marianne), and Maura Kelsea (Michael), as well as to grandchildren Kari, David (Mary) and Katie Sloan. Visitation February 5th, 2-6 PM at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe St. Funeral Thursday, February 6th, 11 AM at Hillyard Baptist Church, 2121 E. Wabash Ave., refreshments after.