Bettie Jo Turner
January 5, 1926 ~ May 14, 2014
Bettie Jo Turner, formerly of Wenatchee, WA, died May 14, 2014, in Sedona, AZ. Bettie was born on January 5, 1926, in Wellington, TX, to Arthur and Grace Whittington and graduated from high school in Englewood, CO in 1944. Her real education, however, began after she met and married Tom Turner and they had four sons. During their life together, Bettie and Tom lived in La Junta and Pueblo, CO, in Richland, Renton and Wenatchee, WA, and in Anchorage and Valdez, AK. After raising their children, Bettie and Tom traveled extensively, including a trip across the Soviet Union, a railroad journey across Australia, and visits to New Zealand and Japan. They also traveled around the U.S. to visit family and their many friends. Tom died in 1994.
Bettie is survived by her sister, Bonnie; four sons and their wives; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Bettie had many interests. Most of all, she loved being with her family, friends, and young people and derived great joy and energy from them. She liked mountains, if not Tom’s mountain driving skills, and enjoyed hiking, bowling, volunteering, communicating with her family and friends, spoiling her terriers, and managing her large doll collection. The rattle of the Scrabble box was a common invitation in Bettie’s home to test playing skills against her. When her boys were young, Bettie had an oft-proven ability to outrun them. Later, she just out thought them, but never wavered in her love and support of those whom she considered as her greatest accomplishment.
Bettie lived her life with grace, humor, and an unconditional love of family and friends. A smile or a word from Bettie always brightened one’s day. Those who were fortunate enough to know her, share the memory and inspiration of a beautiful lady.
No services are planned. Bettie would love the thought that those who knew her, honor her memory by donating to a favorite charity or by holding a loved one a little closer and a little longer.