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Obituary of Betty Ann Seagraves
Betty Ann (East) Seagraves, 90, residing in Olympia, Washington, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 26, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Betty was born on May 29, 1929 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Earnest Milford (Raymond) East and Madeline Mary Swenson (Kunz). Betty married Ben Martin Bain on May 29, 1946 in Laverne, Minnesota. Many years later, she married Lawrence Leroy Seagraves on November 22, 1978 in Prince William, Virginia.
Betty attended Watertown Business University in Watertown, South Dakota in 1970-71. She also attended Renton Vocational Technical Institute and received her certification as a dietetic assistant in 1976. After raising all of her children, Betty decided to go back to school and get her GED in her mid-50s. Betty had many jobs, including waitress and cook at Kirk's Café in South Dakota, and a dietetic supervisor at Federal Way Convalescent Center. She was never without a job until she retired from Washington Employment Security Department with in the early 1990s.
Betty enjoyed crocheting, playing piano and organ, genealogy with her sister Joyce, traveling via bus or train, doll collecting, canning, baking, painting, shopping, reading, crossword puzzles, lunch at McDonalds, and loved being with all of her family. She also really enjoyed communicating with family and friends near and far on Facebook and email. Betty recently met a big milestone when all her children threw her a 90th birthday bash. She celebrated with all of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and many friends. This truly was the highlight of her year.
Betty is survived by her nine children, Donald Bain (Ardis), Sandra Bain, Dale Bain (Lynn), Jim Bain, Connie Wehmeyer (Jay), Carrol Brown (Wayne), Joseph Bain (Marjie), Marty Bain (Kacey), Shari Gioimo (Steve); 25 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren, and 23 great-great grandchildren; and sister, Joyce East.
Betty is preceded in death by her father, Raymond East; mother, Madeline Swenson (Kunz); spouses, Ben M. Bain and Larry Seagraves; granddaughters, Jodi Irene Wehmeyer and Laura Alison Burr; great granddaughter, Lucy Rose Wehmeyer; brothers, Tom East and Dick East; and sisters, Joan Mears and Loretta East.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at South Sound Manor, 455 North Street SE, Tumwater, WA 98501. Coffee and cookies to follow.
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