Obituary for July 1, 2013

By Baker City Herald July 01, 2013 09:47 am

Bea Bottger

Baker City, 1933-2013

A. Beatrice “Bea” Bottger, 80, a former Baker City resident, died June 25, 2013.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1280 N.W. Saltzman Road, in Portland.

Bea was born Ada Beatrice Chambers to Howard James Chambers and Jessie Elmeda Moses on June 10, 1933, at Baker City. Her father, Howard, suffered heart disease and the young family traveled extensively throughout Baker County in search of work. 

They lived at Cornucopia, Keating, Pondosa and Copperfield where Howard died in 1939. Jessie taught school at several places, including Missouri Flat where they lived for a time with Ruth and Rock Duncan on their ranch. 


Bea often reminisced of bitter cold winters and either walking or riding a horse through the snow to school with her mother. They ended up in Baker City where Bea attended St. Francis Academy and public schools and graduated from Baker High School. 

She worked at Woolworth’s and was an operator for Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone for two years. She met James “Jim” Albert Bottger, a lineman for the phone company. They were married on July 18, 1954, at Baker City. 

Together they raised two daughters and three sons. They transferred with the phone company between Baker, Pendleton, Bend and Portland, ending outside Portland in 1972. 

Bea was a compassionate giver and volunteer in her everyday life within and in addition to official organizations. She was a dedicated and active member of St. Pius X Catholic Church at Beaverton and worked with the Women’s Club, Hospitality, and Bereavement Committees there. She also volunteered at Maryville Nursing Home and was a member of the Red Hat Society.

She was a second mother to many of her children’s friends, and a beloved grandmother. She was a uniquely kind, gentle and sincere spirit and a friend and inspiration to all who knew her, family members said.

Above all else, Bea was a true believer and follower of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This was evident by the way she treated others and how she lived her life.  She was a dedicated and loving wife and mother. 

To honor her and her life’s work, the family asks others to give serious consideration to John 3:16-18 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Jessie Chambers of Baker City; and her husband, James “Jim” Bottger of Portland.

Survivors include her sister, Bonnie, and Richard Baggerly of Echo; son, Michael Bottger and Janet Stafford of Elgin; daughter, Nancy, and Ron Holtz of Portland; daughter, Betty Bottger, and Tom Lager of Cove/Baker City; son, Kevin and Brooke Bottger of Baker City; and nine grandchildren, Sarah Dickerson, Laura Perry, Jessie Bottger, Allie Bottger, Ezra Taylor, Austin Taylor, James Bottger, Samuel Bottger and “Baby” Bottger.