Bertha Lenore Wilke LaBrant
1926 - 2019
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Bertha Lenore Wilke LaBrant

Bertha "Betty" LaBrant passed to Glory on a wintery day, Thursday, February 14, 2019, surrounded by family. Born to Franz and Nina Wilke on a homestead in Belden, North Dakota, May 5, 1926, Betty married Gene LaBrant October 14, 1950. He was truly her one and only Valentine. It is fitting she joined him on that holiday.

Better known as "Betty", she acquired a Lifetime Teaching Certificate very young, she taught in a one room schoolhouse on the prairie that included students older than herself. In later years, Betty trained as a cook for nursing facilities, a sorority and finally the Seattle school system kitchen.

Mom described herself as "pragmatic". Her favorite word was "meander" and she loved those that would use it. When we were bored as kids, we had to run around the house ten times! Doing the dishes was her solution to ALL life's problems, large or small. That distraction actually worked and still does!

She is survived by sons Arthur (Beckie) LaBrant, Jeffery (Carol) LaBrant, and daughter Nina LaBrant Hughes. Also survived by grandchildren Kimberly (Karl), Eric, Lia, Evan & Geoffrey (Natalia), and great grandchildren Carissa, Phoenix, Colton, Greyden and Rowan. Betty is preceded in death by 11 of Gene's siblings, and, very recently her own only brother and friend, Frances Wilke. She is also survived by Gene's brother Darold (Grace) LaBrant, and sisters Dorothy Kannianen, Esther Waldrip and Marilyn (Marvin) Karlsen.

We are grateful and blessed to have known her. She was one of a kind. Her home was open to everyone. It was the gathering place for ANYONE visiting the Seattle area. She was our "hub" & welcomed us all.

Memorial Service and reception will be held Saturday, March 2,

2019, 1:00 pm at Evergreen Washelli , 11111 Aurora Ave. N.

Seattle, WA. Viewing both Friday

9am-8pm, & Saturday 9am-noon.

We celebrate the life of Bertha Lenore Wilke LaBrant, beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend.

Thank you Mom!

We will miss you.


P.S. I'm going to go do dishes now. (Nina Ann)

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Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 24 to Feb. 27, 2019.
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March 2, 2019
Betty was like a second mother to me and always supported everything I did. I always joked that I could tell her the most terrible thing about myself or what I did and she would respond with the never ending loving response. I could do no wrong in her eyes. Love you, Betty and you truly were one of a kind. The world will be a sadder place but heaven has gained a great angel. Give Gene a big hug ❤
Renee Martinez
February 28, 2019
I remember Mrs. LaBrant very fondly, not only as Ingraham High School's "Cafeteria Lady" but also as a loving mother of my best friend, Nina and her brothers: Art and Jeff. I remember her laugh and her cooking!

I remember that when my Mom got sick the meals that Mrs. LaBrant brought us. I especially remember toll house chocolate chip cookies! Mrs. LaBrant, Nina and entire family LaBrant family provided a sense of stability and support after my Mom died at the beginning of our Senior year at Ingraham.

It is never easy to lose your mother, no matter how old you are.

I'm sorry that I won't be able to be at the service on Saturday.

To the LaBrant family, I am sorry for your loss of your Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt and most importantly, your friend.

With fond memories,

Marge (Mullally) Koe
February 28, 2019
Marge (Mullally) Koe
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