Elizabeth (Bette) Meyers Koerner, former resident of Mount Shasta, passed away October 7, 2012.
Bette was born to Frank and Helen (Osmun) Blasingame on April 29, 1923 in Willow Springs, Missouri.
She was raised near Eagle Butte, South Dakota where her dad ranched and mom taught school. It was a challenging life on the prairie. After graduating Eagle Butte High School, she attended the Agriculture College in Brookings, South Dakota.
The family moved to California where she worked at Lockheed during World War II. There she met her first husband John Meyers.
In 1947, they and daughter Janet moved to the Meyers family farm in Fruitdale, South Dakota. In 1954, Bette and daughter moved back to California.
In 1961, she married Walt Koerner. They moved to Mount Shasta in 1965 and later divorced. Bette stayed in Mount Shasta until the early 2000s, when she moved to Oregon.
Bette earned her AA degree at College of the Siskiyous. She loved all things animal and plant. Her grandchildren spent many summers with her, backpacking, camping and hiking. Her horse Candy and dog Lady were her faithful four-legged companions.
She was an accomplished photographer; her favorite subject was Mt. Shasta. Many of her photos were published and won prizes.
She traveled to Africa for a month and Alaska for seven weeks. A beautiful photo journal of her journeys remains for her family. She shared these trips via slide shows in many venues.
An active member of the Audubon Society, she worked tirelessly for the preservation of forests and wildlife.
The past two years, Bette lived near her daughter in Colorado. Her ashes will be scattered on Mt. Shasta at a later date.
Bette is survived by sister, Mary Adamson of Nevada; daughter, Janet Deason of Colorado; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, five great, great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
To pay tribute to Bette’s life, please make contribution or volunteer in her name at Siskiyou Humane Society.