Thelma "Beth" Elizabeth Dunkelberger, 77, of John Day, Oregon, passed away on January 10, 2022, at her residence in Valley View Assisted Living. A private family service will be held in the Spring or summer of 2022 in Summerville, Oregon.
Beth was born in Prairie City, Oregon, on December 4, 1944, to George "Mick" and Lucille "Lucy" (Justice) Dougharity. She had three siblings, Keith "Mick" Dougharity, Sharon Dougharity, and Patty Dougharity-Bingaman. The family moved to Summerville, Oregon, and built the house they all lived in.
Beth was a rodeo princess and graduated high school in Imbler, Oregon, in 1964. After high school, she studied Business in College. While in college, she met Ray Dunkelberger, and on July 10, 1965, they married. Beth and Ray had two children, Kelly and Ken Dunkelberger.
In 1990, ray and Beth divorced though they stayed friends. After the divorce, Beth went back to college and trained to become a Paralegal. She had a few careers during her life; working at First Interstate Bank, Standard TV & Appliance, Bend Memorial Clinic, and Paralegal. Beth's most interesting job was being a private investigator; she got to wear disguises, and her sister-in-law, Charlotte Dougharity, got to go on a stakeout with her, and they had a blast!
When she wasn't taking care of her family or working, Beth liked to paint and make quilts. She also took pride in volunteering at Toy-n-Joy in Portland for 20 years.
Beth adores her grandchildren Cody, born in 1992, and Katrina, born in 1997. They call her Gram or "G."
She is survived by her children Kelly (Dereck) Dunkelberger Ivey of Bend, Oregon and Ken Dunkelberger of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren Katrina Ivey and Cody Ivey of Bend, Oregon; sister Patty (Russel) Dougharity Bingaman; sister-in-law Charlotte Dougharity. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Mick Dougharity, Keith Dougharity, Cindy Dougharity-Spencer, Shaun Bingaman, Cheryl Bingaman, and Austin Bingaman.
Beth is preceded in death by her parents, George "Mick" and Lucille LucyDougharity, and two of her siblings, Mick Dougharity and Sharon Dougharity Stace.
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