RAYMOND Elizabeth J. Betty Worthington, 93, a 75-year resident of Long Beach, died April 13, 2012, in Raymond. The daughter of George and Hattie (Wright) Wheeldon, she was born Nov. 9, 1918, in Harrington. Betty grew up in the wheat fields of Eastern Washington and was a 1936 graduate of Harrington High School.
In the fall of 1937, Betty traveled via the famed stern wheel river boat T.J. Potter from Portland to the Peninsula. She found employment at Phillips Café in Long Beach and it was there that she met Loren R. Worthington. They were married May 14, 1939, in Long Beach, which was to become their lifelong home.
Besides being a wife, mother and homemaker, Betty kept active as a cashier at Don Andersens Sunset Grocery on the northern outskirts of Long Beach. Later she was employed for a number of years in the same capacity at Joe Sugarmans Grocery in Seaview, now the site of Oceanside Veterinary clinic.
She was active in the Kindergarten Mothers Club, Rebekahs, and adviser to Theta Rho Girls Club, Ladies of Elks Club and the Christian Womens Club. A woman of devout Christian faith, Betty was a long time member of Seaview Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for over 50 years.
Betty served as a member of the Lone Fir Cemetery board for a number of years and also served on the local election board for over 50 years. She enjoyed traveling, time with friends, and bowling. In 1946 she began bowling for Reds Café with longtime friends Bette Snyder and Frances ONeil and they were state champions in years past.
Betty is survived by a son, Lynn (Janet) Worthington; daughters, Carla (Max) Koehl and Lois (Larry, deceased) Wirkkala; grandchildren, Jana Worthington, Jodi Laub, Jami Herald, Christine Reiman, September Koehl-Null, Amy Baker, Wendy Mendoza, Larry Wirkkala Jr., Mandy Stein and Brandy Hayes; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Loren; and brothers, Art and Herb Wheeldon.
A funeral service was held April 19, at Oceanside Christian Fellowship Church in Seaview. Graveside rites followed at Lone Fir Cemetery in Long Beach. Memorials may be made to the church in Bettys memory in care of Penttilas Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631. Her guest book is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.