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Medley, Betty Lou (Clifton)

Betty Lou Medley (Clifton) was born June 25, 1932 in Lethbridge to Walter and Molly (Ash) Clifton.
During World War Two, Betty was deeply affected by the treatment of Japanese Canadians who arrived in Raymond, where she grew up. She also didn’t understand why her mother’s family never spoke German again. At age 14 she began part-time work at the Raymond factory and developed a dislike for granulated sugar that never eased.
Betty raised four children, Deborah Wescott, Janet Walker, Craig Medley and Sam Medley.
Betty cooked in northern camps and for construction crews. She operated a restaurant in Glenwood for several years. It became a favourite lunch spot for locals and any work crews in the area. Most popular item on the menu was her flapper pie.
After a severe back injury working at Cardston Hospital, Betty opened a ceramics business in Glenwood called The Clay Hut.
In 1981 she moved to Fort Macleod and finished up her work life as the cook at Foothills Centre.
Betty always had some crotchet, sewing, quilting or a book on the go. When her eyesight failed she turned to watching TV. She enjoyed politics and loved to have rousing conversations with anyone brave enough.
Betty died suddenly at Fort Macleod Health Centre on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Friends and family fondly remembered her at the Coutts Centre near Nanton on July 16.

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