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Charlebelle (Barry) Gettel
February 4, 1928 ~ September 13, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Charlebelle Gettel (95) was born to Calvin T. and Charlotte (Fine) Dent on Feb. 4, 1928 in Lakeview. Her early years were spent at the house on McDowell Creek (Drake’s Peak) which was built by her grandfather, C. Walter Dent, and Calvin. After her parents divorced some 7 years later, Charlebelle moved into the White Hotel in Plush and attended the one-room schoolhouse until she moved to Lakeview where she graduated from High School in 1947.
She married C.M. Jamieson (Marvin) from the New Idaho District in the fall of 1947. After Marvin finished his enlistment in the U.S. Navy, they traveled around Oregon settling in Portland where they raised their two children (DeEtta & Eric).
After separating from Marvin in the early 1970s, she managed a succession of in-store restaurants for Fred Meyers at their St. Johns, 82nd Street, and Clackamas store locations.
In 1981 she married Fred Gettel. In 1984 they moved back to Lake County and purchased the Red Rock House in Plush which her father, Calvin, was building. Within a few years, she had completed the interior and exterior of the house and began landscaping the large yard.
Until her retirement, Charlebelle worked at Eri’s and Woodgrain. By 1990 when she retired she had transformed the yard of the Red Rock House into a lush setting suitable for large gatherings. That summer the Plush School held a reunion using her yard where she became reacquainted with Wayne Barry who had attended the Plush school with Belle. They became devoted companions and spent the next twelve years together living at the Red Rock House until Wayne’s passing in 2002.
If she wasn’t outside tending her flowers and garden, then she was inside maintaining a welcoming, comfortable home, serving excellent meals, or quilting. She won the Patty Love Quilting Award at the Lake County Fair four times, as well as numerous other ribbons and honors. She won top honors in the Quilting Division at the 2007 Oregon State Fair. The Lake County Museum Quilt collection has examples of her work.
She was preceded in death by her son, Eric Jamieson, Cameron Vincent (grandson), and Jake Jamieson of Plush Plumbing (grandson). She is survived by DeEtta Vincent (daughter), Eli Jamieson (grandson), and 5 great descendants. Her strength of character, commitment to excellence, skills, humor, and loving goodness will be missed.