Betty Jean (Anderson) Hays, dearly loved wife, mother and grandmother, passed peacefully on July 13, 2012 at the age of 82.
Betty was born on June 14, 1930 in Orofino Idaho to Arthur and Rose (Ellwood) Anderson. Betty was the oldest of five sibÂ¬lings growing up on the Columbia River (before Grand Coulee Dam was completed) and then relocating to the family farm on Deadman Creek. Betty attended school at Deadman Creek and high school in Colville and Kettle Falls.
In 1947 Betty met Mervyn Hays at a dance at the old Legion Hall in Kettle Falls and Dad says it was â€śLove at first Sightâ€ť! But, soon after meeting, the Anderson family moved to Oregon. Mervyn claims to have chased the family/Betty from one small town to another, until she finally accepted his marriage proÂ¬posal!
On Nov. 5, 1948 they were married in Kettle Falls at the home of Harris and Hazel Coontz. They began their life in KetÂ¬tle Falls, but a lack of work forced them to move. They moved numerous times throughout the next few years, finally reÂ¬turning to Washington to settle on the farm in Pleasant Valley until they moved to â€śthe big cityâ€ť (Kettle Falls) in 1974.
Betty enjoyed being a homemaker and raising their family on the farm, but times were tough and she began working outside the home in the late 50â€™s, cleaning rooms at the Double H MoÂ¬tel in Kettle Falls.
She embarked on a longstanding waitressing career at Freddiesâ€™ Cafe and Barneys CafĂ©. She finally retired in the early 90â€™s from Whitten Oil in Kettle Falls, where she was the manager. Betty enjoyed meeting and greeting all people! You never entered a room without a cheery greeting and a welcome smile! Betty had many repeat morning customers wanting to start their day with her uplifting â€śHello, how are you doing this fine morning?â€ť attached to a bit of positive conversation and her embracing charm.
Betty was a lifetime member of the Rhododendron Club and the Quillisascut Grange. She adored club meetings with her lady friends. She was an avid quilter, spending many hours in her sewing room.
Mervyn was an avid hunter and Betty was his trail companÂ¬ion. Wild game, venison and elk were staples in the home. Betty was also a passionate fisherman. She would start getting ready for opening day as soon as the snow melted. For 30 years, they never missed an opening day at Starvation Lake. They were also RV enthusiasts, purchasing their first travel trailer in 1969. The couple took great pleasure in camping and traveling with their good friends and family throughout the PaÂ¬cific Northwest and Canada. They did more extensive traveling in their later years with Mervâ€™s sister, Helen (Lyle). They enÂ¬joyed the family reunion every Labor Day weekend at Crow Butte Campground.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Art and Rose Anderson; her brother, Clarence; her mother and father-in-law, Ruby and Lawrence Hays, and her brother-in-law, Lyle.
Betty is survived by her husband of 63 years Mervyn, at the home in Kettle Falls; by her children, Gary (Jan) Hays, Kettle Falls; Michael Hays, Curlew, and Janine (Dave) Hall, Spokane; her siblings, Fred, Alice and Walt; her sister-in-law, Helen and numerous nieces and nephews. Betty also leaves behind her beautiful grandchildren (whom she adored), Geoff, Tammy, Ian, Angie, Mike, Jessica and Keagan, and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the incredible staff of Whitman Hospital & Medical Center in Colfax for the tremendous care they provided mom through her last days. We truly believe Mom couldnâ€™t have been in better handsâ€¦ Thank You.
The life of Betty J. Anderson was celebrated Thursday, July 19 at the Meyers Falls Cemetery in Kettle Falls. Pastor Shane Moffitt officiated.
Memorial contributions may be given to either, the Whitman Hospital and Medical Center, 1200 Almota Road, Colfax, WA 99111 or the Alzheimerâ€™s Association, P.O. Box 96011, WashÂ¬ington D.C., 20090-6011.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 155 W. First Ave., Colville, WA 99114 is entrusted with the arrangements.