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Betty Rae Polanco, 80, of Everett was born on May 23, 1932 in Russellville, AR to Marian and Alma Curtis. She died peacefully on October 17, 2012, following an extended illness, bravely borne.
Betty Rea Polanco
Betty came to Everett in 1971 after raising her family in Belmont, CA. She worked at Bethany Home as a CNA until 1980, when she assisted in the start-up of Everett Plaza Retirement Community; later becoming an administrator at Ballard Manor in Seattle, and ended her career in 2008 at Visiting Angels of Everett. Betty was truly an angel in the eyes of those she cared for. She will be best remembered for her many wonderful personal qualities and her great desire to make others comfortable.
Betty blessed everyone she met with her good natured sense of humor, her affection for all, and an unsurpassed positive attitude throughout her life. She had an unselfish consideration of the needs and feelings of others and never wished to cause extra work for those who cared for her to the end. Betty had unconditional love for her family and was truly an extraordinary human being.
She will be irreplaceable to those who knew and loved her.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, James Polanco; her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Curtis; and brothers, Lloyd and Rev. James Curtis.
She is survived by daughters, Joanne Cozart, Debra Polanco and Jaimie Cortes of Everett; and son, Dennis Polanco of Marysville, WA. Betty leaves grandchildren, Jennifer Williams, Sean Polanco, Jacob Lincoln and Kristopher Kerker; and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Roy Curtis of Redding, CA, Ben Curtis of Entiat, WA; and sisters, Fern Hindman of Peoria, AZ, Joyce Boekenoogen of Republic, WA, and Julie Corollo, of Sun City, AZ; and numerous nieces and nep- hews and many extended family members.
Very importantly, Betty also leaves her partner of 41 years, Mike Hancock of Everett, and his children and grandchildren, who she considered as her own.
Betty's family would like to thank the caring staff at Bethany of Everett, TCU, and Snohomish County Hospice, as well as many wonderful friends whose thoughtfulness and prayers during her extended illness were greatly appreciated.
A Celebration of Life will be held on November 17, 11 a.m. at Waltz Hall, 116 Avenue B, Snohomish, WA.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on Oct. 24, 2012