Bette Joanne Lovaas passed away peacefully on February 18, 2016 at Panorama in Lacey, Washington. She was born in Bottineau, North Dakota on March 26, 1937 to Alfred and Alta Erdman. She was the oldest of four children, one brother and two sisters. Her father worked in U.S. Naval Shipyards so the family first lived in Long Beach, California before moving and settling in Bremerton, Washington where she spent her childhood.
Bette graduated Bremerton High School in 1955. She attended and graduated from Olympic Community College in 1957 and then attended and graduated from Western Washington State College in 1959 with a teaching certificate. At Western she met her husband Richard “Dick” Lovaas, and they were married on September 26, 1959 in Bellingham, Washington.
Following a year of student teaching at Lincoln Elementary in Mount Vernon, Bette and the family moved to Sedro-Woolley where both Bette and Dick were school teachers and raised three boys. Bette taught at both Central and Evergreen Elementary for 34 years before retiring. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Teaching the children of Sedro-Woolley and raising her boys were the most important achievements of her life. Betty moved to the Olympia area later in life to spend time with her family.
Bette is survived by her sisters, Janice Byerly and Carol Mead; her sons, Brad (Cathy) Lovaas and Steve (Teresa) Lovaas of Olympia, WA; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Bette was preceded in death by her husband Dick and her son Gregg.
A private family service was held at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.