Memorial services will be held to remember Corban professor

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Respected Corban Assistant Professor of Education Beth Bartruff passed away Christmas morning following a long-fought battle with Lupus related illnesses.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Salem Heights Church on Thursday Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. A memorial service is being planned at Corban in January.

Elizabeth Ann Bartruff 
January 18, 1973 – December 25, 2010

Beth’s passion was sharing the Good News of Jesus’ love to all. She was a faithful servant of her Lord even in her final hours. Her kind selfless talk and actions, smiling face and thoughtfulness of others inspired and even transformed those around her. Even in the short time since her death several hundred people have testified via Facebook, email and in person.

Celebration of Life Service Scheduled in Psalm Center

The Corban community is hosting a service to celebrate the life of Beth.Please join us in the Psalm Performing Arts Center on campus Thursday, January 13th, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. as we reflect on the life of Beth -- our colleague, our teacher, our mentor, our friend.

During the service, we will be sharing some of the comments that friends and family have left as they have reflected on Beth's life. Please feel free to contribute to these comments in one of the following ways:

  1. You can reply to the email sent Thursday from the Chapel.
  2. You can add your comment in the “Oregonian” guestbook here.
  3. You can text the word BETH and your comment to 37607.
  4. You can port a comment on Beth’s Facebook page.
  5. You can write your comments on guest cards that will be available at the service.

Hilltop News

The student staff of the Hilltop News will feature Beth in a story and photos. If you have any memories or photos you would like to share, please e-mail Adjunct Journalism Professor Christena Brooks at

Being diagnosed with Lupus at age 15 and living with its many complications and side effects did not deter Beth from her drive and zeal to serve her Lord. She always put others and her ministry before herself. She loved working with young people and was continuously working with her church’s youth groups—and she was loved by everyone that knew her. Her conscientiousness and dedication were clearly demonstrated in her teaching career as well as in her frequent short-term mission trips.

Her goal was to help young people come to know Jesus as their savior and then live their life for Him to its fullest extent. She mentored and loved many youth at Salem Heights Church. Her vacations were usually mission trips to places such as Mexico, Spain, Honduras and Arizona Navajo Indian Reservations.

She was born in Salem and moved to Seaside until age 4. She then moved to Tualatin where she attended Gaarde Christian Preschool, Tualatin and Bridgeport Elementary, Twality Junior High and Tigard High School. At Tigard High, her leadership manifested itself in many ways such as senior class president, yearbook editor and prom queen. She continued her education at Willamette University earning her bachelor’s degree with a double major, Spanish and Psychology. She earned her master’s degree in teaching. In 2009, she earned her doctorate degree in education from George Fox University.

Beth taught sixth grade at Mt. Angel Middle School for five years and then decided to use her experience and training to teach others to be teachers at Corban University where she was an Associate Professor.

Beth will be missed by her parents, Vic and Carolyn Bartruff, big brother, Victor, sister in law, Jeanah, plus aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, colleagues, students, neighbors and youth she mentored. Family and friends rejoice with her that she is pain free in heaven as of Christmas Day. Beth’s beautiful smile brought much sunshine to all whose lives she touched.

Remembrances and donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Beth Bartruff Scholarship Fund for education students at Corban University, 5000 Deer Park Drive SE, Salem, OR 97317-9392 or Lupus Foundation of America, 2000 L. Street, NW, Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036, or go to

A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Salem Heights Church, 375 Madrona Ave. S., Salem, OR 97302.

A memorial service will be held at Corban University in January.

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