RIPTON — Betty Louise Blackburn Tjossem passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was 81. A resident of Ripton, she is survived by Norman Tjossem, her husband of 38 years; a son, Karl Albert Beard, his wife, Nancy Warren, and two grandchildren, Annika and Christopher Beard of Kingston, N.Y.; and a daughter, Rebecca Louise Beard of Brooklyn, N.Y. Betty is also survived by a younger brother, Robert Blackburn of Oakland, Calif., and two younger sisters, Bonnie Poucel of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Be Blackburn of Woburn, Mass.
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