Betty Lee Krigbaum, 82, a longtime resident of the South Beach communities, died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. She was born in Lynden, Washington on August 7, 1930, the youngest of four children to Jay L. and Lila (Himler) Vinson. She came with her family to O’Leary Creek from Whidbey Island in 1936 and graduated from Ocosta High School in 1948.
Betty married Gilbert Lee Krigbaum at her home at O’Leary Creek on October 1, 1948. The lived on the Harbor and settled in Westport in 1957 as Gilbert was a commercial fisherman on the coast and in Alaska. Betty was a homemaker but also worked as a crab shaker for Washington Crab Producers in Westport, for many years.
Gilbert died in Olympia just this last February 4, 2013.
Betty was a member of Twin Harbors Baptist Church in Westport and the Westport Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3057. She enjoyed following her grandchildren’s sports events, picking little wild blackberries and making pies with them, along with the family favorite chocolate chip cookies. She also loved having her family together for holidays and picnics at Lake Nahwatzel and Black Lake.
She is survived by two daughters, Wendy L. and her husband, Tom Bodwell of Ocosta and Barbara L. and her husband, Tony Belesiotis of Olympia; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by two brothers, Darrell and Jay Vinson; and a sister, Richelene Barker.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1200 Soule St., Hoquiam. Pastor Kent Gravley will officiate. A private burial has taken place in Fern Hill Cemetery in Aberdeen.
A card of condolence with a message or a memory may be sent to the family at www.fernhillfuneral.com
Arrangements are entrusted to Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen.