Betty J. Colwell

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July 23,1928 ~ October 25, 2013

Betty J. Colwell, 85, an 8-year resident of Yuba City, CA, passed away on Oct. 25, from complications related to Alzheimer's Disease. She was born in Sioux City, IA and lived in Vancouver, WA for 48 years.
As a young mother, Betty returned to school to get her degree in Elementary Education, a Master's degree, and her Administrative credential.
Betty taught elementary school in Evergreen School District for 26 years and especially loved teaching aerospace science. In 1981, at the invitation of NASA, she was present at the landing of the first space shuttle. Betty served as adjunct professor for Evergreen State College.
Betty was a life-long learner and an avid reader who loved technology. She was a "people person" who loved getting to know people and their families. She was an active volunteer in her community and a breast cancer survivor.
Betty is survived by five children: Chriss (Ed) Camenzend, Beckie (Chris) Kersting, Joe (Ken) Bjordal, Carole (Lloyd) Trilling and Rex (Stacy) Colwell, Jr.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Rex; and by her sisters, Beverly and Joanne.
A memorial service will be conducted at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1390 Franklin Rd., Yuba City, CA at 3:00 p.m., Sun., Nov. 3.
A public graveside service will be held at Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver, WA, on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations be made to Fremont Rideout Foundation, 989 Plumas, Yuba City, CA 95991.
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 1, 2013
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