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Betty W. Brinck

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Betty W. BRINCK Betty W. Brinck, keeper of the flame, rock of the family, dearest Mother and truest friend, completed her journey through life on Friday, April 1, 2011. She was born on April 26, 1922 to Herman and Mary Witte in Seattle, Washington, and grewinto a fine woman of decency and faithfulness and true grit. Following graduation form Lincoln High School, Seattle, in 1940, Betty married her high school sweetheart, Richard G. Brinck, on February 4, 1943. Dick was then a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the end of World War II, they lived in Wrangle, Alaska and Seattle, Washington. Dick was recalled into the U.S. Air Force at the start of the Korean conflict (1952) and Betty spent the next 15 years as an Air Force wife and lived in Texas, Florida, Kansas and New Mexico. She and Dick made many friends during those years who became "family." One "family" friend, Maryruth Weyand, recalled that with Betty there was nothing but truth and honesty and calling a spade a spade. In 1967, Dick retired from the Air Force, and they moved to Bellevue, Washington and Betty maintained a home with a beautiful big yard there until her death. She enjoyed gardening, reading and playing bridge. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Richard G. Brinck; her daughter, Barbara Brinck Disco; her son, Richard R. Brinck; her mother, Mary Gates Witte; her father, Herman C. Witte; her brother, Donald C. Witte; her sister, Suzanne Turner; and her brother, Calvert Witte. She is survived by her daughters, Sandra J. Brinck and Cynthia A. Brinck Simmonds; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A private memorial service was held at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery in Seattle, Washington, on April 30, 2011, followed by a celebration of life at the family home in Bellevue, Washington. Betty sends her love to all family and friends. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Betty's name to Salvation Army, NW Division, 111 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle, Washington 98109 or Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Contributions JF 200, P.O. Box 19024, Seattle, Washington 98109 1024.
Published in The Seattle Times on May 13, 2011
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