Betty Jean Pribil
February 4, 1924 – June 29, 2020
Betty was born Feb. 4, 1924 to John and Bessie Slattery of Chillicothe, Missouri. Betty was very active in 4-H from ages 10 to 16. After graduating from high school she attended Chillicothe Business College. In 1943 she went to Kansas City and worked for Equitable Life. She met her future husband, Frank, through a co-worker that also worked there. She asked Betty to write to her brother, Frank, who was stationed in Hawaii. Frank was discharged on Oct. 26, 1945 and they were married Feb. 2, 1946. Their first home was in Chicago and then back to Carrollton, Missouri they went. Their only child, Joe, was born Feb. 26, 1952. In August of that year they packed up and moved to California, settling in Tulare. Betty spent 21 years with Tulare City School District, retiring in 1979 after ten years as a Business Manager.
Betty was VP of Junior Woman’s Club, Pres. of Pallette Club, Pres. of Classified School Employees, Soroptomists International and after retiring, Chairman of Tulare Improvement Committee, which founded the Tulare Historical Museum of which she was very involved and was charter treasurer. Frank always called her “the ever-ready chairman.”
The week after retiring she took quilt-making lessons. Many relatives and friends received quilts. Several friends asked her to teach them and she had a total of fifty students. Then someone said “why don’t you start a quilt group?” and thus the Valley Oak Quilters was formed and of course, she was president. As a community project, quilts were made for Sheriff’s cars to be used when a stop was made and children were involved.
In Oct. of 1988 Frank and Betty moved to Happy Valley to be near their family. In Jan. 1989, Betty joined Northwest Quilters and beginning in 1992, for five years she was chairman of Comforting Quilts; where she was involved until her death.
After moving to Happy Valley she made quilts for Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office to carry in their cars, and then for the District Attorney’s Volunteer Connection, which involved physically or sexually abused children between the ages of 3 to 17. They have received over 2,100 quilts. During her quilt-making years she made over 6,000 quilts for non-profit organizations. Betty belonged to Happy Valley Garden Club (secretary), Happy Valley Home Extension (all offices) and UCC Church.
She is survived by her son Joseph, daughter-in-law Katheryn, three grandsons and three great-grandsons.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Betty Jean Pribil
July 7, 2020
Betty was a wonderful lady with many talents. Barb and I still have the quilts she made for us and our two girls still have theirs. I remember Betty and Frank driving from California and visiting Mother and Dad during the summers in Chillicothe.
Joe, sorry for your loss!
Tom and Barb
July 3, 2020
Hello, This is Mary Feeney Smith. Anabel's daughter. We always loved when Betty came to visit. I have a lot of wonderful memories. So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful life she led. You will all be in our prayers!