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May 04

Remembering Betty Lou Verbrugge

Posted on May 4, 2017 at 9:50 AM by Timothy Grisham

Remembering Betty Lou Verbrugge

Longtime Pend Oreille Treasurer, Betty Verbrugge passed away in Spokane April 10, 2017.

Betty worked for forty years in the Pend Oreille County Treasurer’s office from 1964-1998, serving as County Treasurer 1973-1998. She was a member of the Washington Association of County Treasurers 1973-1998 (president 1977-1978), and a member of the Washington Association of County Officials, 1973-1998 (president, 1982-1983.)

Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher recalled Betty’s role in WSACT and WACO as one as, “A great mentor to younger Treasurers. Betty was kind and helpful, she was great at teaching people how to work with other individuals in difficult situations.”

Betty Verbrugge was actively involved in the Pend Oreille Historical Society. She served as an EMT; belonged to Noble, Pomona and Washington State Granges; and was a fifty-four year member of Soroptimist Club serving as local co-president 1968-1969, a District Director and Regional Treasurer.

Her love of nature came to fruit with the establishment of a trust to protect the Verbrugge land, and transfer to Whitworth University as a teaching, learning conservation center. The partnership provides a great legacy for generations to come.

Her parents and her husband Durand preceded her in death in 2006. Her son, Gary, in Scotia, survives her.