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Betty Songaylo

Cheney Free Press of Cheney, Washington

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Betty Songaylo passed away at Hospice House South on Thursday, April 14, 2016. She was born in Spokane on Nov. 13, 1922, to parents Francis and Lena Thurmon and lived in Hayford, Wash. for most of her 93 years.

Betty attended Hayford School and graduated from Cheney High School in 1940. Following high school, she attended Kelsey Baird College in Spokane and worked at Fairchild Air Force Base.

She met her husband, Ray, at Fairchild and they married on March 5, 1946. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1996.

She is survived by daughter Debra (Roger) Morris, son Vincent Songaylo, grandson Seth Morris, niece Susan (Mel) Detmer and dear friends. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Ray, parents Francis and Lena, two brothers, Glenn Thurmon and Jake Thurmon and several nieces and nephews.

Betty was a dedicated homemaker, known for her love of baking — especially Christmas cookies. She loved gardening, watching sports, picking huckleberries, canning and embroidery. A longtime member of Hayford Community Church, Betty served as pianist and treasurer for many years. Together, she and Ray enjoyed square dancing, bowling, serving on the Hayford PTA, playing pinochle and creating a home in Hayford.

A private burial service was held April 18. Please join Betty's family for a memorial service on Saturday, April 23, 1 p.m., at Hayford Community Church, 5306 South Hayford Road, Spokane. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish to make memorial gifts may do so to Hayford Community Church or Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA, 99210.

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Original Publication Date: April 21, 2016

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