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Betty Webster, the granddaughter of Washington Territory pioneers, was born in Juanita, Washington, to L. Leslie and Alicia Forbes. She and her siblings canoed, swam, golfed, worked at the family resort and rode in cars in a time when they had rumble seats.
She received a degree as a dietitian from the University of Washington. She finished her fifth year of study at the University of Michigan.
After college, she got a job in Port Angeles. The parish priest, Father Neery, introduced her to her future husband, Frank Webster, at a Bible class.
She later moved to Santa Rosa, California, where she worked as a dietitian at a tuberculosis sanitarium. Frank later followed her south and persuaded her to move back north and marry him.
After World War II, she and Frank settled in Port Angeles, where they raised their four children.
She went back to college when the kids were in school and earned an education degree. She taught second grade at Lincoln and Hamilton elementary schools for many years. She enjoyed helping her students learn and grow.
When her kids were young, she and the neighbor ladies would load up their cars and take all of their kids to the beach for the day.
She liked to hike in the Olympic Mountains, sail, travel, crochet, spend time with friends and family, go to art exhibits and listen to classical and big-band music.
And then there were sports. She followed the Huskies, Mariners, Seahawks and Sonics with passion. After one Thanksgiving dinner, she and her sister Dorris were watching football on television in the living room while their husbands sat drinking coffee and talking at the kitchen table.
Hands down, she made the best wild blackberry pies that have ever been baked.
She was strong, independent, intellectually curious and loved deeply.
She was predeceased by her husband, Frank; daughter Alicia; brother Dorr; and sisters Dorris and Joyce.
She is survived by her son, Burke, and his spouse, Lonnie Webster; and daughters Bernadette and her husband, Jack Glick, and Mary and her husband, Mike. She is also survived by her sisters Joanne Deligan and Jan Bender, and multiple generations of the large, wonderful Forbes and Webster families.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at Mount Angeles Memorial Park, 45 Monroe Road in Port Angeles.
Mt. Angeles Memorial Park
45 S Monroe
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Aug. 18, 2013