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Mary E. SIFFERMAN Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Williams Sifferman, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother. Betty went home to her husband Earl, her son Charles, and to God on April 24, 2012, from Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle, the city where she was born on June 6, 1916. She was 95. Betty was the daughter of Phillip Williams and Mary Agnes Sexton. Phillip was born to immigrant Welsh parents in Snohomish County, WA, where his family homesteaded. Mary Agnes was the daughter of Irish immigrants and was born in Seattle in 1880. Betty, who lived in Seattle her whole life, attended Leschi and St. Theresa's elementary schools and graduated from Holy Names Academy in 1933. She attended Seattle College, now Seattle University, registering there only one quarter after the first group of women enrolled as students in that Jesuit institution. She graduated in 1938. That same year she married Earl Sifferman, a young Seattleite working then in Cordova, Alaska. They made their home in Cordova until late 1940, at which time they moved back to the Seattle area. Their six children were born here. Settling in West Seattle in 1951, she and Earl attended Holy Rosary Catholic Church and Betty remained a member of that parish until her death. She spent her last three and a half years at Mount St. Vincent retirement and nursing home. Betty was a great reader, loved physical activity and gardening, was interested and sometimes active in local politics, and swam regularly until late in life. She was also a skilled pianist, teaching all of her children the rudiments of piano-playing. Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Earl, in 2004, and their son, Charles, in 1980. She is survived by five children: Kathleen of Seattle, Stephen and Edward of Grapeview, WA; Earl Jr./Joe (Diana) of Puyallup; and James of Cape Girardeau, MO. She also leaves grandchild Joseph (Katie), Brooke, and Benjamin (Jenn); one great-granddaughter, Aria; and many friends and numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, May 3, at 9:30 a.m. in the Mt. St. Vincent Chapel, 4831 - 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle. Reception immediately following downstairs. Rosary will be Wednesday, May 2, at 3:45 p.m. in the same chapel. Internment at Holyrood Cemetery, Shoreline, WA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mt. St. Vincent Foundation, 4831 - 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle, 98126.
Published in The Seattle Times on May 1, 2012
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