Betty June Andreoff Conrad was born September 2, 1927 in McLaughlin, South Dakota to Dick and Pearl Andreoff. Betty is part of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma through the lineage of her mother, Pearl. In the midst of the Dust Bowl and depression, Betty’s family moved from their family farm in South Dakota to Oklahoma to live at her mother’s family home a summer before moving the family of eight to Filer, ID. Betty’s father went on to establish a successful onion farm in the Buhl area while her mother lovingly managed all aspects of their home and family. Betty graduated from Buhl High School in 1944 and was recruited to be a typist in Salt Lake City for the federal government during the war. Afterward she returned to Buhl where she was employed as a switchboard operator by the Buhl Telephone Company.
In 1948, she met and married Charles “Chuck” Conrad from Castleford, ID. They made their home on a small farm outside of Castleford where they raised four children. A central part of Betty’s life during her time in Castleford was the First Baptist Church where she was baptized at a young age and returned as a wife and mother who regularly took her children to church. She served as a Sunday School teacher, treasurer, and prepared communion for many years as part of her church community.
After her divorce in 1971, she courageously moved to Filer and entered the workforce at Idaho Frozen Foods where she was employed for 22 years receiving perfect work attendance ten years in a row. After her retirement in 1992, she worked eight years as a home care aid to elderly people in the Twin Falls area. She later moved to Moscow in 2001 to live closer to her daughters and worked as a cook at St. Rose’s Pre-school and Kindergarten. Betty had a strong work ethic and moral code that she lived by and imparted to her children. She will be remembered for her faith, strength, wisdom, kindness, humor, and of course, as our fashionista.
Betty is survived by her four children: Dennis (Joeva) Conrad of Palouse, WA; Susan Conrad of Moscow, ID; Barbara (Earl) Aston of Moscow, ID; Amy Conrad (Farshid Hessami) of Spokane, WA; and two sisters, Viola Tanner, Freemont, CA; and Jean (Lyle) Russell of Eureka, CA. Betty is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday April 8, 2017 at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. Funeral Services will also be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday April 15, 2017 at Castleford First Baptist Church in Castleford, ID with burial following at West End Cemetery in Buhl.