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Obituary: Casteel, Betty Mae

Age 81

Betty Mae
(Age 81)

Of Loon Lake, WA, passed away Thursday April 19th, 2012 at Holy Family Hospital, Spokane, WA. Betty was born on November 26th, 1930 to Lewis and Dollie Tyer in Portland, OR. Betty attended North Central High School. On June 14, 1947 at 16 years old, she married the love of her life Melvin Casteel. She gave birth to four children and adopted one, resulting in raising five wonderful children. In the summer, they would spend their time enjoying the outdoors. She was always full of spunk and loved adventuring with family. During her life people would tell her she couldn’t do something, so she would make sure to do it better than anyone else. Most holidays were spent at her house surrounded by family. She was perpetually optimistic and never thought twice about regrets. Those seeking care; family, strangers, and animals, were given the love, attention, respect they deserved and the coffee pot was always on. Around 1998, Betty started researching her family’s genealogy, digitally archiving photos and various records for the safe keeping and further inquiry of her family. She wanted to pass along the knowledge she gained to her family and those who are to come, so as none would forget their roots. All her life including her last days, Betty had a charming wit and the ability to make you laugh. She would blow spit bubbles with her great-grandchildren or give serious advice about the things she learned in life. She will be greatly missed and always cherished. Betty is joined again with Melvin, who passed in 1996. Survivors include her five children: sons, Mike (Rene), Bob, Bill; daughters, Peggy Rieper (Dave), Bonnie Ackerman (Karl); seven grandchildren, Toby, Deseray, Marcus, Matt, Polly, Darlene, Troy; and seven great-grandchildren, Dakota, Ellianna, Kiran, Perri, Lily, Hayden, Wyatt. A graveside service for the immediate family will be held at a later date.