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Betty Jean Williams

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Betty Jean WILLIAMS Betty Jean Williams passed away September 27 at Caroline Kline Galland Home in Seattle. Born in Spokane, WA on March 14, 1922, she graduated from Tacoma's Lincoln High School, attended Pacific Lutheran, graduated from Tacoma General Hospital School of Nursing in 1944. She then joined the Army Nurse Corps, receiving many decorations and leaving the service in 1946 as a 1st Lieutenant. She was a plastic surgery nurse for 35 years with Dr. Walter Scott Brown and was instrumental in establishing the first out-patient clinic of its kind in the world. Betty was a founding (and eventually honorary) member of the American Society of Plastic Reconstructive Surgical Nurses. Her love of classical music began at an early age. She played and later gave flute lessons and later attended symphony, opera, and ballet performances. As an avid sports enthusiast, she particularly supported U. of W. football and girls' basketball. Betty had a wide circle of friends and was never happier than when she was entertaining in her lovely home or at the summer beach cabin near Olympia. Predeceased by her parents, Charles H. and Ellen Hedren Williams, she is survived by her companion of 54 years, Beverly Deckelmann. Interment in the family plot at Mountain View in Lakewood, WA. A few thoughts by Betty's friends: "a Wonderful Lady", "Dearly loved", "wicked humor as well as a 'can do approach' to life's challenges", "smartest in her nursing class", "So glad this world has had such a bright star".
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 10, 2010
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