Betsy (Burgess) Meade
June 29, 1914 ~ July 22, 2013
Betsy Burgess Meade, of Cashmere, WA, completed her journey on this earth, July 22, 2013, at age 99. Betsy was born June 29, 1914, at Winona Lake, IN, the daughter of Lloyd Sylvester Burgess and Eva Hammon Burgess. She lived there three months before returning home to the Territory of Hawaii, where her father was stationed with the U.S. Army. She later moved with her family to Berkley, CA; Fort Moultrie, SC; Fort Olglethorpe, GA: Manilla, the Philippines; and Fort Sheridan, IL. She attended Chattanooga, TN schools for ten years. She met Second Lt. Lawrence K. Meade at Ft. Sheridan while working in transportation for the Civilian Conservation Corps and they were married on October 9, 1935, at West Point, NY. They enjoyed assignments at Schofield Barracks, Oahu; Kilauea Military Camp on the island of Hawaii; Fort Sill, OK; and Fort Crockett, TX. Her husband and three brothers all served in the Pacific Theatre of WWII, all returning home except Captain Lawrence Meade, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1934. Captain Meade arrived in the Philippine Islands in November 1941, and died in Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp on September 24, 1942. She settled in Redwood City CA in 1944, where she raised her two children, Lawrence (“Larry”) and Lloyd-Ellen. She volunteered for the American Red Cross and worked for ten years in the office of the San Mateo County Clerk.
Betsy is survived by her son, Lawrence “Larry” Meade and his wife, Carolyn, of Cashmere, WA and Sun City, AZ; their two daughters, Betsy Meade Schweitzer and husband, Mark, of East Wenatchee, WA, and Patricia Meade Buzan and husband, Scott, of Spokane Valley, WA; daughter, Lloyd-Ellen Meade Thomas, husband, Evan, Crofton, MD and two sons, Jeremy and Andrew, all of Glen Burnie, MD. Also four great-grandchildren, Ellen Hess Tackett and husband, Chad, of Seattle, WA, Ken Hess of Spokane Valley, WA, and Jessie and Katelyn Schweitzer of East Wenatchee, WA.
Betsy loved her life and friends in Cashmere, where she lived for 28 years. She volunteered for years with the Red Cross Blood Drive in Cashmere; was a charter member of Wakoka Kiwanis with 17 years of perfect attendance; and was also an active member of Friends of the Old Mission, where she volunteered at the Cashmere Museum and volunteered at the Cashmere Senior Center. She had a passion for reading and traveling and travelled abroad extensively from the mid 1960’s to the mid 198O’s. Betsy also leaves a special and devoted friend of 48 years, Wilma and her husband, Geoff Taplin of NSW, Australia.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Cashmere United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. with Interment at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Republic of the Philippines with her late husband.
The family wishes to extend their special thanks to the staff of Janet’s Adult Family Home, 33 Furney Street, Wenatchee, WA for their care since September 2011, and her prior caregiver, Ginger Samuel.