Helen "Betsy" Pommerening
November 13, 1920 ~ November 11, 2013
I Am Betsy
I grew up in a small town in Michigan where we spoke as much German as English. I always wanted to be in medicine and got my wish at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. World War II had me in uniform helping those recover who suffered from war trauma. I always loved Dr. Bob, and we were married in the mid-1940s. He took me to Seattle where we had five sons - one right after another. His early death forced a major change in my life. I worked for many years in the hospital as the volunteer coordinator. I was bitten badly by the travel bug. For years I led tours all over the world. There are too many countries to count. I watched my boys grow-- watched them lead divergent lives-- accepted who they were without rancor. I aged without regrets. I accepted the life I was given. Losing my oldest son was almost as hard as losing my husband. I waited in peace. God was always a part of my life, and still is.
Memorial Service, Messiah Lutheran Church, Seattle, Nov 23, 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Compass Center, 77 Washington St., Seattle. Detailed obituary and a short video can be found at www.acaciafuneralhome.com