Elizabeth "Betty" Frost (1925 - 2017)

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Our beloved mother, Elizabeth "Betty" Frost passed away peacefully on Nov. 8, 2017, in Port Townsend, Wash., with two of her sons, Terence and Robert, by her side. Born Elizabeth Jeanne Schmitt on Dec. 3, 1925, to Aloysius and Francis (England) Schmitt in Fairmont, Minn., she was the eldest of five children. The Schmitt family moved to Riverside, Calif., where the children attended St. Francis Catholic School until graduation.
In 1948, Betty married Ernest Bartee and, with two children, they left California and moved to a ranch and farm life in Wendell, Idaho, where their next four children were born.
In 1967, she moved with the six children to Alaska, where her parents and three brothers were living in Spenard. She worked as a bookkeeper for Brown's Electric; her brother Bill's business, Line Constructors Inc.; Spenard Builders Supply; the IBEW Local 1547 apprenticeship school; and then the IBEW Local 1547 Union Hall until her retirement in the late 1990s.
Betty loved living in Alaska, and the Alaskan lifestyle: gathering berries, fishing and preparing moose and caribou she received from friends and family. She was an avid reader, loved to bake and was a fan of games and crossword puzzles as well as classic movies and music.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Adolph "Duff" and James Schmitt; sister, Sienna Schmitt (Dominican Nun); first husband, Ernest Bartee; second husband, Donald Frost; son, Thomas Dean Bartee; grandson, Michael; and granddaughter, Shala Bartee Todd.
She is survived by her brother, William "Bill" Schmitt (Lee Maddox); five children, Mary Louise Foster, William Bartee (Judy Moss), Nancy Ann Bartee (Dave Allinger), Robert Bartee and Terence Bartee (Carol Whitney Bartee); nine grandchildren, Brenda, Bryan, Nathaniel, Jonathan, Rebecca, Nick, Patch, Tara and Trevor; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She also leaves many nieces and nephews and their families, as well as many cousins and friends.
Many friends and relatives have preceded her, yet many remain to give thanks for sharing in a peaceful life well lived. She will be missed by so many. A celebration of life will take place at a later date to be announced.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Nov. 29, 2017