Bette J. Hoskins

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Elizabeth “Bette” June Hoskins of Moscow passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on March 20, 2016 at the Hospice House of North Idaho in Coeur d’Alene. She was 87.

The eldest of six, Bette was born to Howard Edward Holmes Sr. and Marla June Lawson on August 4th, 1928 in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from Eisenhower High School in Yakima, Washington and later attended Washington State College to study music. She met her husband, Jerome “Butch” Hoskins in high school and they married on December 31st, 1949 in Yakima, Washington. The couple had four children: Steve, Marla, Scott and Jim.

Jerry passed away in 2007 while they were living in LaGrande, Oregon. After 40 years in LaGrande, Bette moved to Moscow to be closer to family. Bette enjoyed traveling and vacationing with her family at the Oregon Coast, knitting, gardening, baking, playing piano and listening to classical music and opera, and walking her dogs. Bette also loved to serve her church families, both in LaGrande at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Moscow.

Bette’s generosity and sense of humor touched everyone she came across. Her commitment to friends and family will be felt across generations. Bette is survived by her younger brother, Howard Holmes Jr.; half-sisters Cheryl and Rose; son Steve and wife Dana; daughter Marla and companion Mark; son Scott and wife Mary; son Jim and wife Heidi; grandchildren Steve Jr., Britt, Carly, Brooke, Sarah, Kelsey and Trent; great-grandchildren Kyler, Kaiden, Kellen, Kai and Noah; great great grandson, Emerson, and her dog, Lenny. She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry, her sisters Kathy and Claudia, and her parents.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Gritman Hospital, Kootenai Health and Hospice House of Coeur d’ Alene for their gentle care and kindness to Bette and family in their time of need.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Moscow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice House of North Idaho, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Moscow, or Ascension School in Cove, Oregon.

10 Responses to Bette J. Hoskins

  1. MJ says:

    I’m a member of St. Peter’s in La Grande and I want you to know how very much we all loved Bette and will miss her. My condolences to her family.

  2. Dianne Britzmann Thompson says:

    My thoughts are with Marla and her family with much love to all. I have many happy memories of Moscow High School and your home as a close place to visit after school. With heartfelt sympathy to the Hoskins family.

  3. Rick Welter says:

    Bette and Jerry were part of my Scouting family. Jerry was the Scout Master and Bette was equally involved as the Scouting Mother of Moscow Troop 345. Bette always made room at her home for the Scouts of the Troop before and after returning from great adventures. She made time to hear about what we had seen and done during our Scout outings and shared an interest in our outdoor adventures.

    After Scouting, I again had the opportunity to work with both Bette and Jerry at the Grande Rhonde Hospital in LaGrande, Oregon. Bette was a volunteer at the hospital and Jerry provided professional guidance (GTE/Verizon) while we designed and installed a new communications system. Bette was a pillar of the community in LaGrande as well as Moscow.

    For the Holmes and Hoskins family you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    For Steve, Marla, Scott and Jimmie you will recall that your Dad closed every Scout meeting with the following, “May the Great Scout Master be with us until we meet again”. I hope his words bring you comfort and the knowledge that we will all meet again.

  4. Audrey and Natalie Carey says:

    Our entire family loved both Bette and Jerry. They were great examples of living the Christian faith. We shared the Cursillo experience with both of them at Ascension as well as their faithfulness in Fourth Day activities for many years. Bette was such a sweet and gentle soul and was beautiful inside and out. She was a supportive advocate for Natalie’s son, Steve Payne, as he annually attended Cove camp both as a camper and later as a junior counselor. We know how much she loved her family, and how much of herself she gave to all of us at St Peters. Her memory and example will remain in our hearts always.

  5. Pam Goff says:

    I remember working with Bette at GRH, I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. Terry Goodell says:

    My husband Mark and I were Bette’s neighbors in LaGrande for several years. She was always working in her flowers when the weather was nice. We also had the opportunity to search for Lenny on more than one occasion. Bette loved talking about her children and grandchildren, she was so proud of them. She holds a special place in our hearts.

  7. Jason & Elisa Grant says:

    We loved Bette. She was our neighbor in La Grande for a brief couple of years. We talked to her almost every day. She was an amazing person and provided comfort and kind words for us. Our daughter was born while we were neighbors and we remember her saying, “when you go into labor I’ll come sit with you at the hospital, I’ve got nothing else to do.” But we knew she said that because she was aware that we were a young couple with no family near by. We have fond memories of her and Lenny sitting on her patio watching us walk by, she’d have a huge smile every time! She bought our daughter a book that we could tell was very special to her, titled “love you forever,” it has since become special to us! Our last memory of her was when she took us to pizza right before we moved out of town. Thank you Bette for your kindness and love!
    Jason & Elisa Grant

  8. Heidi (Neal) Holman says:

    I remember Bette as “Jim’s mom” from long ago when your family lived in Moscow. Jim & I were in elementary and junior high school at that time. I didn’t know her well but after reading the messages from others who did, I now know she was truly a remarkable woman and lived her life fully with grace and love. My heartfelt sympathy to your family.

  9. Elisabeth Brackney says:

    I knew Bette from St. Mark’s Church, where she always sat in the pew behind me. I learned a little bit about her while sharing prayer requests and talking after the service. I know how much she loved and missed her husband and how special her family was to her. She was a beautiful lady with a lovely smile; I wish I had known her longer. She will be missed by many.

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