Betty Jean Wilson


October 23, 1921 - December 7, 2012

Betty Jean Wilson, 91, passed away peacefully in Hoquiam, Washington on December 7, 2012.

Betty was born in Albany, Oregon on October 23, 1921, to Leslie and Kathryn DeHaven. Shortly after her birth, they moved to Hoquiam where Betty lived all her life. Betty graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1939 and attended Marylhurst College in Lake Oswego, Oregon for two years.

At the age of 14 she met the love of her life, Howard Wilson. It began a truly remarkable and touching love story that lasted more than 75 years. She and Howard were married at Our Lady of Good Help Parish in Hoquiam on December 27, 1941. After Howard’s release from the Army, they had three children, son, Thomas and daughters, Jean and Betsy. While raising their family, they worked as a team in the family business, Quimby & Wilson’s Colonial Maple Shop. Betty and Howard loved camping and took the family on many wonderful vacations pulling a variety of trailers. Their first and handmade was affectionately called “Dumbo”. As their children had children of their own, the camping trips continued with grandchildren. Their love of traveling continued throughout their lives and took them to the East Coast and to Europe.

At the age of 70, Betty and Howard started taking art lessons in Ocean Shores. As was the case with virtually every phase of their lives, Betty and Howard painted as a team. When creating one of their many nautical paintings, Howard would paint the ships and Betty the sea and sky. Many of their beautiful prints and oil paintings depict scenery around the Harbor and especially of the ocean. They won many awards and enjoyed giving much of their work away to admirers. Their work also translated into beautiful greeting cards that were sold in the Polson Museum and local shops. Throughout their lives Betty and Howard were very active in the community and especially their church. When Howard studied to become a Catholic Deacon, Betty worked beside him. They became the oldest living couple in the Seattle Archdiocese.

Known for her beaming smile, love of friends and family, and kisses, she was deeply loved in return. Our Mom will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Carol Swift.

Betty is survived by her beloved husband, Howard, who continues to reside at Channel Point Village; her son, Tom (Taffi); daughter, Jean Dolby (Tim); daughter, Betsy House (Jim); five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass and celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 14, 2012, at Our Lady of Good Help Parish, 200 L Street, Hoquiam.

Remembrances may be made to Catholic Community Services, 306 E. 3rd. Street, Aberdeen, WA 98520 or the Polson Museum, 1611 Riverside Avenue, Hoquiam, WA 98550.

Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary.

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