Brit “Betty” Mary Tracy, 89, of Okanogan, Wash., went home to be with her Lord and Savior and to reunite with her beloved, Edwin, Sept. 5, 2018, while living at Welcome Villa, Nichols Road, Omak, Wash.
She was born Feb. 3, 1929, to parents Steinar and Signe Hagerup in Laramie Wyo. after their migration to the U.S. from Norway. After the birth of their children they then settled in the Seattle area (Renton) after hearing of a Norwegian community there.
Steinar worked in the ship yards while Signe raised Betty and three brothers, Carl, Bob and Arne.
After an illness due to Asbestos, Steinar was invited to work in the apple orchards of Entiat, Wash. Betty was in high school at the time, but took a year off in order to help contribute to the family income by working in the apple sheds.
Steinar purchased his own orchard in Okanogan. Once moved to their new home they grew apples, worked the apple sheds, carpentry work, Biles Lumber Mill all while attending Okanogan High School. Betty graduated from Okanogan High in 1948.
Betty also worked in the Okanogan Movie Theater. One night some young man came in the theater and decided this attendant was very pretty and tried getting her to sit in his lap. She resisted his (Edwin’s) advances. Vera and Ernie Forkel had taken an interest in Betty. Vera played match maker arranging a blind date between Edwin and Betty starting a love that has never ended even though he had made passes at her at the theater.
Edwin and Betty were married Nov. 26, 1948 at the First Baptist Church in Okanogan. Edwin worked and later partnered with the Forkels in the orchard business. Betty would work packing apples as well as help Edwin with the orchard. They raised their three girls on the orchard. They were busy parents following, supporting and participating in all of their daughter’s lives. They were awesome parents.
Besides the love Betty had for her family, she loved her flower and vegetable gardens. She provided her church with beautiful floral arrangements weekly and her family with oodles of canned vegetables and fruits. Betty loved to cook and bake. She was happiest cooking big family holiday meals. She had learned the art of baking Norwegian cookies, something all of the family enjoyed. Betty loved to knit, crochet and sew. She made so many different items for the family. Too many to count.
Betty was a member of the Okanogan Rainbow for Girls first as one of the girls and then later as the Mother Advisor. She and Edwin were active members of the First Baptist Church of Okanogan. They loved the church. Betty was also a member of “TOPS” and the local floral club.
Betty is survived by her brother, Arne Hagerup; children, Linda (Clair) Wilson, Karen (Wendell) Beetchenow and Debi (Steve) Clark; grandchildren, Khara (Greg) Nixon, Wayne (Kaylee) Beetchenow, Travis (Nicolle) Litscher, Tracy (Ryan) Buylund, Kim (Owen) Parsley, Ashley Wilson, Ryan Clark and Sean Clark; and great-grandchildren, Brad, Emilee, Kaden, Addy, Kenna, Bria, Maggie, Henry, Nora, Karleen, Dawson, Rhiannon, Wrett and Weston; as well as many other family members throughout Washington State, Missouri and Norway.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Tracy; parents, Steinar and Signe Hagerup; parents, Pearl and Bert Tracy; brothers, Carl (Marilyn) and Bob (Joan) Hagerup; sister-in-law, Carol Hagerup; brother-in-law, Elwin Tracy; and many others.
Please join the family for visitation at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel on Elmway in Okanogan from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Okanogan with Pastor Jason Kelly officiating. A graveside service will follow the church service at the Okanogan Valley Memorial Gardens before everyone is invited back to the church to share a meal and memories.
Memorials in Betty’s name can be made to the First Baptist Church of Okanogan, Okanogan County Home Health and Hospice and/or the Welcome Home Villa.
The family would like to thank each listed above as well as Phylicia Hancock-Lewis. They offered support and care for Betty that helped us know that angels do exist on earth.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel is caring for the arrangements.