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Betty (Messer) Proffitt

May 8, 1936 ~ March 25, 2019 (age 82)
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Betty (Messer) Proffitt, 82, passed away on March 25, 2019, in Baker City, Oregon.  A visitation will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel.  A funeral service will follow the visitation beginning at 10:00 AM also at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel.  Following the funeral service, a reception will be held at Dave and Julie Mespelts’ residence at 625 Washington Ave., Baker City, OR  97814.  

Betty was born on May 8, 1936, in Denton, Kentucky to Anderson and Cecile (Rice) Messer. She attended Albany High School. On July 23, 1963, Betty married Norman Proffitt in Weiser Idaho.

She worked as a cook at Baker High School for thirty years, retiring in 2000.  In her spare time, Betty enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and family.  She liked gardening, crocheting, feeding birds and squirrels, cooking, taking trips to the coast and going on rides in the mountains with her husband.

Her greatest accomplishments included raising six boys and according to her husband, Norman, putting up with him for the last 55 years.

Betty is survived by her beloved husband Norman Proffitt of Baker City, Oregon; sons Charlie (Kim) Mespelt of Baker City, Oregon, Larry Mespelt of Clarkston, Washington, David (Julie) Mespelt of Baker City, Oregon, Bob (Arletta) Mespelt of Dunseith, North Dakota, and Norman Jr. (Jess) Proffitt of RockSpring, Wyoming.  She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents Anderson and Cecile Messer, a sister Mabel Britton, and a son Tom Mespelt. 

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Heart ‘n Home Hospice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

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