Betsy was a true country girl who loved her family and friends, had a lifelong passion for horses, loved living at the beach, collecting agates, spending time at Seal Rock Stables, and growing and selling Dahlias at the Yachats Farmers Market. Many will remember her fondly as the “Dahlia Lady”. If not at her home gardening on Wakonda Beach Drive, you’d find her salmon fishing and crabbing on the Alsea where she always had hot fresh cookies for the other fisherman as they liked to call her 'The Cookie Lady'.
Betsy was born January 27, 1953 in Eugene at Sacred Heart Hospital to Earl Eugene Gillmore and Virginia Jones Gillmore. She was born with two front teeth and all the sisters (nurses) stopped by to see this for themselves. At age 6, she won the Eugene Pet Parade's Grand prize and at the awards ceremony was presented with a new bike. “But I wanted a horse,” she famously said. She knew early on what she wanted and as a teen competed with her first of 5 horses at the Lane County fairground in jumping, dressage, and western pleasure. She joined 4H and competed at the Oregon State Fair winning the first of many rosettes. At the same time she trained her dog, Jose, and showed him in many dog shows. She got her love of flowers from her father and showed them competitively in Lane and Lincoln county fairs. She also had a keen eye, was very skilled in flower arranging and won many ribbons and cash awards at local fairs.