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Esther BettsEsther Betts
Esther was born in Huntley, MT on April 11, 1927, the fourteenth child of seventeen children. After moving to Hardin, MT shortly after she was born, her family began farming sugar beets and grain. Esther said that living on a farm kept everyone busy as there was always a job to do. This upbringing of hard work stuck with her throughout her lifetime. She completed the tenth grade before her father decided that she had enough schooling and was needed at home to work on the farm. She thought, “I’ll fix that,” and married Cornelius Kooy at the young age of 16. Together they had five children: John, Joanne, Jerry, Corkey and Jim.
On December 6, 1968 she married the love of her life, Merle Betts. They were blessed with 46 years together. These two were like two peas in a pod. The entire family benefited from their work ethics and their love. They were always there with their sack lunch, tools in hand and ready to tackle even the largest of projects. Age was just a number and never slowed them down.
Esther’s beloved Merle passed away on Dec 17, 2014, and she continued to show how strong she was even though the hurt was unbearable. At age 91, she was still an active member of the Snohomish Senior Center and continued to wash and wax her 1997 Lincoln Town Car with wax from the dollar store, being the frugal person that she was. She never hesitated to offer a ride to the Center or the store for the “old people” that needed a lift. She was also known to play her mouth harp at Safeway during the senior coffee hour. And let’s not forget that she was mastering the usage of her iPhone and took full advantage of the unlimited calling on her phone plan. Her most recent living situation provided her the comfort of putting her feet up when she wanted. She rarely missed Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy or Judge Judy and spent many hours rooting on the Mariners.
She was taken from us unexpectedly and suddenly. It is with sadness that we announce her passing but with peace and comfort that we know she is home with the Lord and reunited with Merle and her son Jerry.



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