Irene Boorman

Irene Betty Boorman

Sunday, July 13th, 1924 - Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
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Irene Betty Boorman died on Tuesday, July 14, one day after her 96th birthday. She was born in Spokane on July 13, 1924, the oldest of Guy & Pearl Winship’s five children. Betty spent her childhood in Spokane and Greenacres, playing the trombone for the Central Valley High School band and graduating in 1942. She married William “Bill” H. Boorman in December 1944 and had two children, Darrell and Carol. She worked as a switchboard operator in Spokane until 1957, when she and Bill moved to Quincy to farm. In Quincy, she worked at Harold’s Thriftway until she became the timekeeper at Lamb Weston from which she retired in her 80s. She was known for bringing joy to her fellow employees with her bright smile and fun demeanor.

She enjoyed travel, big band concerts, dining out, and always followed her hometown basketball team – Go Zags! She attended the Free Methodist Church, was a member of the Red Hat Society, and was active at the Quincy Senior Center. Thursday night dinner and pinochle at the center was a highlight of her week. She was also known as Grammy Sweetie Pie by her grandchildren and Betty Boop by many, due to the pep in her step. She never missed a weekly beauty shop appointment to get her hair set or an opportunity to partake in dessert; especially if it included chocolate. She had more friends than she could count, never met a stranger, and was always up for a social gathering.

Betty is survived by her brother Glen Winship of Federal Way; her children Darrell Boorman of Spokane and Carol Yeates of Quincy; five granddaughters, Amy and Lindsey Yeates and Tisha, Mandy, and Bryn Boorman; and ten great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bill Boorman, siblings, Bob, Cork, and Anita, and her beloved grandson, Travis Yeates.

A graveside funeral will be held at Pines Cemetery in Spokane on Friday, July 24th at noon. A memorial service will be held in Quincy at a later date, when we are able to gather in a larger group.

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Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Celebraton of Life Service

    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 12:00pm
    Pine Cemetery
    1402 S Pines Road
    Spokane Valley, Washington 99206
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 12:00pm
    Pine Cemetery
    1402 S. Pines Road
    Spokane Valley, Washington 99206
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Dwight Needens

Posted at 07:37pm
So thankful I got to know Betty. Awesome person, wonderful friend. Celebrating that she's in Heaven where there are no more tears and thankful her family and friends have a wealth of happy memories from having known her.

janice brumley

Posted at 04:45pm
Betty will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. Don worked with her for many years and they shared a birthday, July 13th. Betty always had something nice to say about everyone, and had a great sense of humor.
Our deepest condolences to Carol and the rest of the family, We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayer's.

Sue McCance

Posted at 12:47pm
We were so sorry to hear that Betty had passed away. We will miss her very much! Her room was right next to my Mom's at the Cambridge and I and my brother and Skip would go visit her after seeing my Mom. I first met her through my husband Skip who also worked at Lamb-Weston. After my Mom passed I would go see her and others at the Cambridge. Betty always made me laugh! We would have a great visit and she always said tell that man (I knew she meant Skip) hi! When Skip or I would go see her, she would not be sure at first who we were, but she would remember us before we would leave. She was so sweet! Thank-you for sharing your Mom with us! With our sympathy, Skip & Sue McCance and Ancel Wheeler(my Brother)

Diane McNay

Posted at 07:13pm
What a privilege to know and love this special lady! She was so kind and encouraging to Shaun and I from our first days at QFMC and on going! We loved her fun sense of humor and positive disposition! So thankful we have the sure hope of seeing her again in heaven some day! Our hearts go out to her loving family as they grieve her loss. Shaun and Diane McNay

Carl, Kris and Ilene

Posted at 03:59pm
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