Oceanside, CA - In loving memory of Bette Rielly. Bette left this life on June 27th in Oceanside, CA at 92 years-young, surrounded by family and her support cat Jack. Elizabeth June McKay was born August 24th, 1928 in Bremerton, Washington, and was fondly known as Grambe to her grandchildren. Bette attended the University of Washington, achieving a degree in Social Work. She was passionate about helping children, spending 28 years in a career serving youths in foster care in San Diego. Bette took a leave of absence in her 60s to serve in the Peace Corps in Thailand, continuing her work with children abroad. After her retirement from San Diego County, Bette moved back to her beloved WA, spending many wonderful years on Bainbridge Island and in Poulsbo searching for driftwood and beach glass. She lived out her golden years with family in Oceanside, California, spending much of her time reading, birding, and beating her family at scrabble. Bette is survived by her children Benjamin, Daniel, and Cara, children in-law Yuri and Robin, grandchildren Katie, Megan, Molly, and Tyler, her brother Robert (Bob) Mckay. If you would like to make a contribution to a cause in her memory, she supported Doctors Without Borders, the Humane Society, and Arbor Days.
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Published by Kitsap Sun from Jul. 8 to Jul. 11, 2021.