On the sun-filled afternoon of August 25, 2015, in Sedro Woolley, Washington, surrounded by her loving family, she passed peacefully into her Savior’s arms.
Betty, better known as “Honey” by her parents and brothers, was born on August 07, 1918 in Blackfoot, Idaho to parents George Wilson May (known as Billy) and Emma Alice May. She had two older brothers Tom and Richard. They lived near the Blackfoot Indian reservation and in years to come she told her own children stories that kept them wide eyed with wonder! Later the May family settled in Michigan where Betty finished her growing up years and met Lawrence Edward Louck, a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at that time. They married in 1937 and moved to Juneau, Alaska for a few years before returning to Michigan, and later settling in the Seattle area of Washington. They had four daughters…Judith, Jeanne, Janet, and Julie…their sons in law being, respectively, David, Chris, Jim, and Randy. Betty’s family grew to include 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. There is also another great grandson soon to be born, and a great-great granddaughter on the way. Preceding her in death were her parents and brothers, her husband Lawrence, a granddaughter Tammi, and an infant great-grandson Jesse Lawrence.
Betty was a very talented lady. Her life’s career was that of homemaker, wife, and mother. Her talents centered around her home and family…cooking, sewing, and storytelling. Sewing and designing clothing for her daughters was her greatest joy. During an era of limited financial circumstances, she made sure her daughters were the best dressed kids in school! Always putting them before herself she spent hours with her Singer sewing machine, and her thimble and needle doing intricate handwork to create one-of-a-kind apparel for her girls. They took this blessing for granted much of the time before they realized that all kids didn’t have talented seamstresses for mothers or who put them before their own needs or wants. Her creations even included prom and wedding dresses.
Betty’s family was the heart of her life. And in turn she was the heart of ours. That, along with her faith in God, made her shine in ways that will never leave us. To try to describe how much she was cherished would be impossible.
We love you, Mama.
A family service will be held for Betty on September 13, 2015.
In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to:
Hospice of the Northwest, 227 Freeway Dr. Suite A, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.