Betty Jane Whalen | Obituary

Betty Jane Whalen | Obituary

Betty Jane Whalen

In loving memory of Betty Jane Whalen, wife, mom, grandma, sister

and aunt who passed on to be with

the many family and friends that

moved on before her on Sunday,

August 9, 2020.

Betty was born the youngest of

8 children on February 25, 1933,

to parents Lillian May and Jacob

Heinrich Noblitt in Worden, MT.

Growing up, Betty enjoyed helping her dad take

care of the animals on their farm and helping him

with his duties as an irrigation district officer.

She also worked hard helping her mom package

butter at the town creamery and clean other

people’s homes. Betty graduated Valedictorian of

her class at Central High School in 1951.

Betty met her future husband, Daniel Whalen,

her sophomore year of high school at an iceskating

party. Dan was a senior at the time. After

graduation, Betty moved to Billings, MT, to start

business school where she also worked full-time

at the local phone company as a bookkeeper.

In June 1953, Betty and Dan were married in

Billings, MT. In September of 1953, Dan was

inducted into the Army and they left for Fort

Ord, CA. Betty lived on base while Dan served in

the Korean War. After Dan was transferred to the

Reserves through Fort Lewis in 1955, they moved

back to Bozeman, MT.

In December 1956, Betty and Dan welcomed

their first child, daughter Tracy Danielle. In

spring of 1958, Dan received his

bachelor’s and was immediately

pursued by Boeing in Seattle, WA.

Dan promptly took the job offer and

he and Betty moved their sprouting

family to Washington State. In

March 1960, Betty and Dan’s son

Scott Joseph was born. Their third

child, daughter Morie Louise, was

born in November 1963. The family

made a brief move 1964-1967 to

Satellite Beach, FL, while Dan worked at Kennedy

Space Center on the Saturn Project. Betty and Dan

eventually made their family home in Kent, WA.

Betty was a beautiful piano player, seamstress,

and enjoyed decorating for the holidays. She

loved being a bookkeeper and keeping record…

of everything! Betty was preceded in death by

their son, Scott, in 1990 from cancer, Dan in 1999

from Alzheimer’s and all her brothers and sisters.

Betty is survived by her eldest daughter, Tracy,

of Seattle; her youngest, Morie, and Morie’s

husband, Bill, and three amazing grandchildren,

Shea, Wren and Dalton of Enumclaw; her niece,

Audrey Johnson, of Billings; her sister-in-law,

JoAnn LeClaire, of Idaho; and many other nieces

and nephews.

Betty will be laid to rest with her husband,

Dan, and son, Scott, at Hillcrest Burial Park in

Kent, WA, on Friday, August 21st. Memorials

can be made in Betty’s name to the St. Labre

Indian School in Ashland, MT or the Alzheimer’s

Foundation.


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