Betty Jane Hammerberg

Betty Hammerberg Photo 001Betty Jane Hammerberg of Moscow died Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at her daughter’s home. She was 88

Betty was born March 6, 1927 at Marshalltown, Iowa to John and Harriett Johnson Tomlinson. She grew up and attended school there. She and Maynard Armstrong were married in Marshalltown in 1943. They made their home in Waterloo, Iowa and together had three children. They later divorced and in 1956 she married George Lemper in Waterloo and had three children together. Mr. Lemper was serving in the Army, and the family moved variously with his career. In 1965, the family moved to Moscow when he was assigned to the ROTC program at the University of Idaho.

After moving to Moscow, Betty began working at the University of Idaho Student Union Building. She and Mr. Lemper were divorced and in 1971, she and Robert E. Hammerberg were married in Coeur d’Alene. She continued working at the SUB and retired as the food court manager in 1972.

Betty was a member of the Red Hat Society, the Salmon Bay Eagles Lodge in Seattle and for a time owned and operated a Second-hand store in Ballard, WA. She also enjoyed traveling, gardening and flowers and going to yard sales.

Mr. Hammerberg died in 2012. She is survived by her children; Randa (Kenneth) Ferguson of Kennewick, Harriet (Steve) Hammond, Gloria (Tom) Taylor, Gordon Lemper all of Moscow; Georgia Porter of Seattle and Bernice (Sam) Sill in Florida, 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and her beloved dog, Rudy.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Vernon Tomlinson and a sister, Margaret Jensen.

The family suggests memorials to the Wounded Warriors, the Salvation Army or to Gentiva Hospice, 1610 NE Eastgate Blvd. – Suite 610, Pullman, WA 99163.

A private memorial service will be held later.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

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