Betty and Mel Humphrey, previously of Helena, commemorated their 70th wedding anniversary with a weekend of family festivities in Beaverton, Oregon, Nov. 3-5. Their children hosted a reception on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 4, at their new place of residence, Hearthstone at Murrayhill in Beaverton. There were 36 family members in attendance, including Mel’s two youngest siblings, Evelyn (Bob) Ellison from North Dakota and Owen (Bing) Humphrey of California, and Betty’s youngest brother Ron (Corky) Pigman of Hamilton, nieces, nephews, nine grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren, as well as their many new friends from Hearthstone.
Betty Pigman and Mel Humphrey met in Helena when Mel returned home after serving in the Navy on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington during WWII. They were married Oct. 30, 1947, at the courthouse/fire station in Wallace, Idaho. Two firemen slid down the pole into the Justice of the Peace office to witness the event.
Mel worked as warehouse officer and chief auditor for the Montana National Guard, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1980, after 32 years of service. Betty was a stay-at-home mom and an accomplished homemaker. They have traveled extensively during their retirement years, taking many trips to visit family and friends all over the world.
They lived in Helena for 69 years and last year moved to Beaverton to be nearer their children. They have embraced their new home and the independent living style with grace and enjoyment.
Their children and spouses are Terry and Sharon Humphrey of Olympia, Washington; Diane and Mike Brook of Mesa, Arizona; Kristi and Todd Barth, of Beaverton; and Thad and Wendy Humphrey of Tigard, Oregon. They have 19 grandchildren (including spouses) and 18 great-grandchildren.