Betty Ann Jackson, 84, passed away November 7, 2012 at HomePlace in Burlington, WA.
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She was born June 18, 1928 in Spokane, WA to parents Herman and Ethel (Rothrock) Jensen.
Betty and her brother Bobby grew up in Cheney, WA, where she was an outstanding student - and especially enjoyed art and theater classes.
After high school graduation, Betty attended Washington State University where she met returning GI Ralph (Max) Jackson from Dayton, WA. Max and Betty were married on Valentine's Day in 1948.
After Ralph graduated from WSU, they lived in the Moses Lake area for five years while he worked for the Bureau of Reclamation. In 1953, they moved with their two daughters - Linda and Janice - to Burlington, WA, and Ralph began his long career at the Shell refinery in Anacortes.
Betty was involved in PTA, served as a room mother, and was very active in the Camp Fire organization as a leader. She enjoyed playing bridge, and dancing with Ralph at the Elks Club. She was an avid reader, and first became involved in the library as a volunteer mending books. Her love of books and the library led to a job working at the old Carnegie library. In the mid-70s Betty organized the move to the new library/city hall. Then in 2007 she participated in the Book Brigade - the human chain that moved books from that library on Fairhaven to the current Burlington Public Library. After retiring from the library, Betty was involved in the Friends of the Library organization.
After Ralph's retirement, they enjoyed wine tasting in Eastern Washington, boating in the San Juans, motor homing to the National Parks of the Western US and Canada, and trips to Hawaii.
She is survived by Ralph, her husband of 64 years, her brother Robert Jensen, Kent, WA, her daughters, Linda (John) Allen of Sedro-Woolley, and Janice (Martin) Burwash of Burlington. She is also survived by her 9 grandchildren: Andrew (Mary) Allen, Nicholas (Sarah) Allen, Patrick (Lorraine) Allen, Bridget (Ara Peterson) Allen, Clare (Davis Vardaman) Allen, John Allen, Peter Allen, Seth (Jessica) Burwash, and Grant (Claire) Burwash. Betty was a special great-grandmother to Mimi, Ina, Jack, Maggie, Elizabeth, Emma, R.J., Betty, Patricia, Finn, Rowan, Leo, and Cameron. The grandchildren will remember special times with Grandma Betty including trips to the library, shopping, and watching Sonics basketball. They also loved her Christmas Chex mix and giant chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.
Betty's family would like to thank the staff at HomePlace in Burlington for their compassionate care during the two years she was there.
A celebration of Betty's life will be held on Saturday, November 17 at 1:00 pm at Burlington Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Burlington Library Foundation, 820 E. Washington, Ave., Burlington, 98233.
Arrangements are under the care of Hulbush Funeral Home in Burlington.
Hulbush Funeral Home
281 S Burlington Blvd. Burlington, WA 98233-1708
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Nov. 13, 2012