"It's a Wonderful Life!"
As many of you know, in December 2013 Betty passed away following an unexpected diagnosis of terminal cancer. Her husband, Jim, also recently diagnosed at the time with a terminal illness, passed away only hours before. After 25 terrific years, it seems only fitting that her final ornament celebrated the "wonderful life" that she shared with Jim, her family, and all of us.
As a family, we have spent a great deal of time thinking about how to proceed with the Portland and Seattle Ornament and decided not to move forward with creating new ornaments at this time. We may, however, create a new ornament in future years and we encourage you to stay in touch.
All prior years for which we still have inventory are available for ordering at any time. Shipment times during the off-season are typically a couple of weeks, and faster during the holiday months.
In addition, below are two ways in which you can honor Betty's legacy:
- Make a donation to the James & Betty Gimarelli Scholarship Fund. Your gift today supports the creation of a very special scholarship endowment that will have a lasting impact on future students within our community.
- Learn more about Betty & Jim's story. Through 60 years of marriage, Jim and Betty were inseparable. Read The Oregonian article from Christmas 2013.