Betty Huffman Rosevear was born on June 3, 1921 in Big Valley, Canada. She moved with her parents and 10 brothers and sisters to Oregon and trained to become a nurse in a Catholic School in Baker, Oregon.
Betty was training in a program at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland in June, 1943 when she married 2nd Lt. Billy Huffman on June 6, 1943.
Betty enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps in 1944 and was sent to train at Fort Lewis for 6 weeks. She was commissioned as a 2Lt. and was assigned to an Army hospital in Auburn, California where she worked in a psychiatric ward–specifically with soldiers with brain injuries.
On February 20, 1944, Betty’s husband, Billy was shot down over Denmark and became a casualty of war. He was buried at the Ardennes cemetery and brought home in 1948. After his death Betty continued with nursing, working in a tent hospital in the Philippines in Leyte and Luzon. She was moved to a hospital in Manila where she tended to wounded soldiers of the Pacific Theater and was there when the war ended. Betty was discharged in 1946.