In loving memory of Betsy (Lyford) Brosius: 1949-2021


Betsy (Lyford) Brosius was born to Lowell and Betty Lyford on June 10, 1949, in Vancouver, Washington, and died on Dec. 16, 2021, in Vancouver. She enjoyed growing up in a close family in Battle Ground. During high school, Betsy won many 4-H honors for her sewing and cooking skills. She also was chosen to represent Battle Ground as a princess in the Portland Rose Parade.

During her senior year, she began dating Les Brosius. They graduated in June 1967. In 1970, Betsy graduated from Clark College with a degree in dental hygiene, after which she worked as a hygienist for several years. Betsy married Leslie Edward Brosius on Aug. 28, 1971, in Vancouver. After 50 years of marriage, Les said “Betsy never once complained about the challenges she faced with having MS. She has always been precious to me, and I’m a much better man today because of her.” Her many friends would describe Betsy as warm, caring, kind and selfless. She also was blessed with an engaging personality and a beautiful laugh.

Betsy’s hobbies included cooking, sewing, crocheting, knitting and reading. Also, she and Les enjoyed canning vegetables and fruits from their garden as well as hosting friends and family in their beautiful home.

Betsy is survived by her devoted husband, Les, and their children, Marla (Robert) Doney, of Vancouver; Shane of Osburn, Idaho; Cody (Jennifer), of Mesa, Arizona; and Jake, of Vancouver; and their grandchildren, Riley, Jordan, Avery Doney and Emmalinda Brosius. Also surviving are her siblings, Ron Lyford of Sahuarita, Arizona; Mary Ann (Don) Phillips of Palo Alto, California; and Genetta (Doug) Opstad, of Leavenworth, Washington; as well as her longtime close friend in Iceland, Inga Sigurdardottir.

A memorial service was held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens starting at 12:30 p.m., on Dec. 28, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or a charity of your choice.