Betty was born on May 10, 1938, to Lillian and Chuck DeBacker in Sandpoint, Idaho. She passed away peacefully on March 30, 2013, in Scottsdale, Arizona from multiple health problems. She was 74.
Betty is survived by her brother, Raymond and Lanny DeBacker of Central Park; sons and daughters, Bryan (Kauzlarich) Hulbert and Gwen O’Hara of Hoquiam; Blaine and Linda Kauzlarich of Aberdeen; Anna Hulbert and Tom Warshefski; Charlie (Chuck) and Jennifer Hulbert of Tacoma; Diane (Vondrasek) and Don Nilsson of Central Park; granddaughters, Teasha Corrado and Alyssa Weakley; and many nieces and nephews.
Betty graduated from Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen in 1956, a year behind the Ocosta graduates of 1955 that were shipped to Aberdeen after the high school fire. She married Mickey Kauzlarich in 1956. They had two sons, Bryan and Blaine. They later divorced. In 1967, she married Bill Hulbert. They had two children, Anna and Charlie. They later divorced. In 1987, she married Larry Vondrasek. He preceded her in death.
Betty worked at Kress’ just out of high school. She was a homemaker and later worked for Stevens Elementary School, Associated Seafoods, and as a bartender/cook for John’s River Lodge, Winters Bar & Grill and the Artic Tavern. She was a wonderful cook and was best known for her potato salad. Her hobbies were crocheting and needlepoint and ceramics. She loved antiques and collectables.
Betty leaves behind some special and loyal friends, Sandy Danner, her “friend to the bitter end”; Hank and Darlene Brueher, John and Laura Perrson and Elva Simpson. To all of you and many more, Thank you. We are all family. The loss is heavy on our hearts and we appreciate your many gestures of kindness.
A memorial is planned for August 24, 2013, in Aberdeen. Details will be announced in the Daily World just prior to the event.