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Obituary: Hays, Betty Jean

Age 82

Betty Jean

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 siblings 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 “Love at first sight”! 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 proposal! On November 5, 1948 they were married in Kettle Falls at the home of Harris and Hazel Coontz. They began their life in Kettle Falls, but a lack of work forced them to move. They moved numerous times throughout the next few years finally returning to Washington to settle on the farm in Pleasant Valley until they moved to “the big city” (KF) 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 50s cleaning rooms at the Double H Motel in Kettle Falls. She embarked on a longstanding waitressing career at Freddies Cafe and Barneys Cafe and finally retired in the early 90s 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 “Hello, how are you doing this fine morning?” 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 her 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 companion. Wild game, venison and elk were staples in our 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. They took great pleasure in camping and traveling with their good friends and family throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada. They did more extensive traveling in their later years with Merv’s sister Helen (Lyle) and enjoyed 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; her children: Gary (Jan) Hays of Kettle Falls, Michael Hays of Curlew and Janine (Dave) Hall of Spokane; her siblings: Fred, Alice and Walt; her sister-in-law Helen and numerous nieces and nephews. Betty also leaves behind her beautiful grandchildren (who she adored) Geoff, Tammy, Ian, Angie, Mike, Jessica and Keagan and 12 great-grandchildren.
Our family would like to express our 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 couldn’t have been in better hands… Thank You.
Please help us celebrate the life of Betty J. Anderson at the Graveside Service, 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the Meyers Falls Cemetery in Kettle Falls, WA. Pastor Shane Moffitt will officiate. Memorial contributions may be given to either the Whitman Hospital and Medical Center, 1200 Almota Road, Colfax, WA 99111 or the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington D.C., 20090-6011. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at DANEKAS FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORY, 155 W. FIRST AVE., COLVILLE, WA 99114 is entrusted with the arrangements.