Elizabeth “Betty” (Wetsch) Benton a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt & friend to all passed away July 5, 2021, at the Hospice House in Spokane, Washington after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Betty was the fourth of five siblings and the only daughter. She was born October 30, 1949, in New Salem, North Dakota to John and Ida (Steckler) Wetsch. She eventually moved to and attended school in Mount Vernon, WA where she graduated in 1968. The same year, she married Thomas “Tom” Clark Benton. They lived a short time in Burlington, WA and eventually made their home in Rockport, WA where they raised their two sons, Timothy “Tim” Clark Benton and Michael “Mike” Thomas Benton.
Betty completed Beauty School in Mount Vernon and began her working career as a hairdresser. She opened up her own shop in Rockport which was adjacent to the Post Office. She became friends with the Postmaster, Florence Pressentin who talked her into taking the Civil Service Exam. This led to her career in the Postal Service which advanced from part time rural delivery to Postmaster. She retired as Postmaster of Edwall, WA. Betty was a constant researcher, which led to her being skilled in sewing, quilting, cooking, baking, gardening and canning. She could make any space feel like home. She will be remembered as having the best dill pickles and pie crust ever. She was an eternal optimist and could maintain this positivity in any situation.
Betty is survived by her husband, Tom Benton; sons, Tim Benton and Mike Benton; brothers, Don Wetsch and Mike Wetsch; brother-in-law, Abb Benton; numerous nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents along with her brothers, Tom Wetsch and Tony Wetsch.
A Graveside Service will be held at Forest Park Cemetery, Concrete, WA at 11:00, Friday, July 16, 2021, Pastor Bruce Martin presiding, followed up by a gathering for food and stories of Betty at the Howard Miller Steelhead Park in Rockport at 12:30.
Please email any photos of Betty that you’d like to share to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Please take time to share your memories of Betty and sign the online guest register.