Betty Ann Drenkowski
January 9, 1923 – September 6, 2020
Betty Drenkowski was born Elizabeth Ann Tischler, January 9, 1923 to Frank and Irma (Moorehead) Tischler on the barren plains of North Dakota, where she spent her childhood growing up amid the Great Depression. She and her family started off relatively well, then lost everything to the Depression, but she managed to have a happy life learning to ride and work on farms while growing up with her three siblings. During World War II, she moved to the Northwest with her family and became one of America’s female defense industry workers—a “Rosie the Riveter” type. She worked later at Casper Air Base in Wyoming, where she met and married her True Love, George Drenkowski. They had their first child, Carol, before he was assigned overseas to a fighting unit in General Patton’s famed Third Army, which swept through Europe to smash the Nazis. George returned after the war, badly wounded, but recovered. He remained with the US Army Air Force, later the US Air Force, and they had their second and last child. Dana. George went to intelligence school and the family began a series of exciting adventures including a tour in London, England where he did intelligence duties at the Embassy, and Turkey. She returned with the family between assignments to Portland, Oregon, where George and Betty finally retired.
Betty was an accomplished horsewoman, and took pride in raising Arabian horses. Betty was widely known for her amazing, tolerant, forgiving and loving personality, which she ascribed to her personal relationship with Jesus.
Betty also took great pride in her three grandchildren: Kevin Barrett of West Valley, Utah, Cary Barrett of Clackamas, Oregon, and Malinda Barrett of Salt Lake City, Utah, and all the great-grandchildren they gave her.
She left peacefully to join her husband and God on September 6, 2020, after a long illness.
Due to current COVID restrictions, memorial services will be delayed until a date to be set in the future.
Friday, September 11, 2020