Bettye W. McGovern Elizabeth "Bettye" (Bear) McGovern passed away June 19th in Tacoma. Bettye, a lifelong Tacoma resident, was born December 30, 1924 and a proud graduate of Stadium High School and the University of Washington. A majorette in the Stadium band and a member of Alpha Phi sorority at UW, she married fellow alum Bill McGovern. The Bear had no greater love than her U of W Huskies. She had season tickets to the football games for 60+ years. Bettye was a member of the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, the Junior League of Tacoma and the Orthopedic Guild of Tacoma. Preceded in death by her beloved husband William C. McGovern and grandson Todd Haney. She is survived by her children William (Joan) McGovern, Terry (Sam) McGovern, Jane (Steve) Haney, Janet (Chris) Leuthy and grandchildren Morgan, Rory, Charley, Megan, Samantha, Gretchen, Michael and great grandchildren Max and Layne. A private family burial service is scheduled. A celebration of her life will be held at Tacoma Golf and Country Club Friday June 27th at 3:30PM. In lieu flowers, please consider making donations to the Husky Football Program in her name.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on June 25, 2014