Betty Mae Westerbur passed away on Dec. 8, 2019, in Redmond, Washington.
Betty Mae Westerbur passed away on Dec. 8, 2019, in Redmond, Washington. A celebration of Betty’s life was held at Peters Creek Assisted Living followed by a gathering of family and friends at the home of Jim and Serena Boehmer where she was toasted with martinis to the music of Tom Jones. She was born Betty Olson on July 12, 1930, in Devils Lake, ND. She attended Devils Lake public schools, graduating from Central High School in 1948. She moved to Seattle, WA, to attend art school and married Thomas Euting in 1952. While her husband was in the Navy, they had four children and lived in various Naval posts. Betty and her children moved back to Devils Lake in 1961, residing at the home of her parents, Wilbur and Lillian Olson. While in Devils Lake, Betty worked at JC Penneys, ASCS/Department of Agriculture and The Ranch Steakhouse. In 1972, she married Jay Westerbur and lived in southern Minnesota and the Sioux Falls area until his death in 1995. She moved to be near her children in the Pacific Northwest. She worked part-time at a fabric shop until she was 80 years old and was recognized as Washington’s Outstanding Older Worker. She traveled to Washington DC with her three daughters to accept the award. Betty was an accomplished seamstress, sewing clothes for all her family. She loved to play cards; she was a good dancer and enjoyed jazz and blues music. Known for her laughter, she was always fun to be around. She is survived by; her four children, Carolyn Giese, Serena (Jim) Boehmer, Steven (Diane) Euting, all living in WA and Katie (Carl) Fender in Ariz.; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; her niece, Terri (Kraig) Lee and two children in Wis.; and several cousins. Betty was preceded in death by; her husband, Jay Westerbur; her parents, Wilbur and Lillian Olson; brother, William; sister, Beverly; and son-in-law, Lance Giese.