Bettie Lloyd Chase passed away on April 20, 2013, at the Booker Rest Home. She was born March 20, 1920, in Waitsburg to Ralph G. Lloyd and Jessie Conrad Lloyd.
Bettie lived her entire life in the Waitsburg area and had a deep understanding of the area and a great appreciation for the residents of the Touchet Valley. As a young child, she grew up on Jasper Mountain before the family moved to Waitsburg. She attended Waitsburg schools, graduating in 1938. In 1941, she married Berger Chase, and they had one daughter, Sally Chase Baker.
Bettie was always a presence in Waitsburg. Although many remember her for her 40 years working at The Waitsburg Times, she was involved in many community activities. She was a life member of PTA and was awarded the Golden Acorn Award. She was a member and past matron of Waitsburg Chapter No. 9 O.E.S. serving 50 years as secretary. She was one of the original founders of the Waitsburg Historical Society. She served on the Waitsburg City Council for eight years. She was a member and three-term past president of Commercial Club and chaired the Hometown Christmas event for many years. As a member of the Waitsburg High School Alumni Association, she missed only one alumni banquet since graduating in 1920. She served for many years as the corresponding secretary of the group and kept close track of Waitsburg graduates. Community awards include Citizen of the Year in 1990, parade marshal in 1998 and Pioneer of the Year in 2003.
She is survived by her daughter, Sally Chase Baker and son-in-law Glenn Baker of Austin, Minn.; grandson, Geoff Baker (Diane); and great-grandsons, Andrew and Sean Baker, also of Austin, Minn.; and niece, Janice Lloyd Eastman of Spokane. She is preceded in death by her husband, Berger Chase; granddaughter, Barbara Baker; brothers, Albert Lloyd and John Lloyd; and half-sister, Beatrice Pugh.
Graveside services will be held in the Waitsburg City Cemetery at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2013, with Pastor Mike Ferrians officiating and Ritualistic services by the Order of Eastern Star Chapter #9. Luncheon will follow at the Ole Town Hall. Memorials are preferred to the Waitsburg Historical Society or the Lloyd Memorial Scholarship Fund. Those who wish may send memorials to Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home, 111 S. 2nd St., Dayton, WA 99328.