Betty Jean (Sellards) Dayson

February 14, 1927 ~ July 19, 2022 (age 95)


We lost a rare flower, July 19, 2022.
Our beautiful mom, Betty Jean Dayson, passed away July, 19 2022 peacefully at her home surrounded by loved ones.
She really was a rare flower! 
An incredible lady! Master of many things!
Betty was born February 14, 1927, Valentine’s Day!
Truly the right day for Betty, she stood for the symbol of love.
She was born in San Gabriel, to Archibald Sellards and Drusilla Popejoy. She attended El Monte High School. She was joined by 2 brothers Archibald Sellards and Ralph Sellards.
She lived in Los Angeles where she met Robert Curry and was wed October 2, 1945. They started a family of their own by welcoming Barbara Jean and William Robert Curry. Eventually she and Robert Curry parted ways and she moved to Arizona.T hen, she moved to Oregon to join her mother and aunt to work at their restaurant “The Nook”, a café on Sandy Blvd. in Portland, OR. They were known for the best pancakes in town, and throughout her life she continued to make them for all. She became smitten with a young man named Herbert Dayson and they were wed on her birthday, February 14, 1956. Betty and Herbert had three children: DeWain Forbes Dayson, Delana May Dayson, and Devona Lea Dayson.

Mom's favorite things to do were to care for and protect her children. We all had GPS encoded in us before it was invented! She loved cooking and gardening and was a master at both. 

No one and we mean “NO ONE” ever went hungry around Mom. She had a deep love for animals, especially her pups. Betty cooked and was a co manager at Tigard High School from the late 60s into the 80s. She was in her element, much like an artist, cooking up amazing dishes. She created a very open door policy at our home making everyone welcome, including our friends (unless she thought you were a bad influence). Lol.  Another way to make sure she knew where her children were and we all loved her for that.

Betty and Herb owned a retail flower nursery in Tigard, OR that specialized in growing  rhododendrons and azaleas. Along with raising 5 kids and working the flower nursery, we also grew our own vegetables, and had milking goats, a cow, chickens, rabbits, pigs, and noisy peacocks. Mom would go to horse shows and was so patient to just hold any horse as long as it was needed. Betty was an extremely hard worker and patient, making everything she touched grow and flourish.

Betty is survived by: her brother Archibald (Freida); her children Barbara Wertz (Michael), William Dayson (Cherri), Delana Toler (Gregory), and Devona North (Dean) ; her 6  grandchildren Christopher Dayson, James Dayson, Jennifer Wertz, Leslie Dayson, McKynzie "Katt" Bugg, and Dylan Toler.

Our family would like to express our deep gratitude to her caregivers, Rosa Garcia, she came in as a caregiver and became family,  Betty's granddaughter McKynzie and DeVona who made Betty's last years so compassionate and easier.

There will be a private service for family and close friends.

Bettys final resting place will be the Riverview Abby, 319 S. Taylors Ferry Rd. Portland, Or. 97219  next to her beloved son DeWain Dayson.

In lieu of flowers, mom was the lover of animals. Therefore, a donation made to the Oregon Humane Society would make her smile.





























































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