Puyallup Resident, Bette Rowlett, passed away peacefully with family in Puyallup, Washington on January 21, 2023; she was 91. Bette moved to Washington to be closer to family after living most of her life in Fairbanks, Alaska. In 1958, originally from Oklahoma, Bette and her husband, John, and daughter Sally packed up their car and drove the ALCAN Highway to Fairbanks to work in the developing oil industry. Bette assisted John with land leases for oil companies and then worked for Alyeska Pipeline in the 70’s. She raised her family and became the ultimate neighborhood mom that everyone loved. She was a member of the Fairbanks Top of the World Garden Club, a Rotary Ann, and volunteered many hours at the Senior Center and Pioneer Home. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, puzzles, and card playing. Bette was passionate about taking long road trips across the country with her beloved dog, Georgie. By all accounts, she was a prized jewel, loved and adored by her entire family. Bette is survived by her son Anthony of Fairfax, Virginia and daughter Julia of Puyallup, Washington; grandchildren Jennifer, Jill, Christina and John of Fairbanks, Alaska; Jacob of Centralia, Washington; and Harrison, Hannah, Hamilton, and Hunter of Puyallup, Washington. She has numerous great- and great-great grandchildren throughout Alaska, Arkansas, and Idaho. Bette is also survived by her sisters Mary of Colman, Michigan and Patsy of Shawnee, Oklahoma. Bette was pre-deceased by husband John, daughter Sally, and brothers Ted, John, and Richard of Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Funeral Mass will be at 8:30 am (PST), Monday, February 20th at All Saints Parish, 503 3rd Street SW - Puyallup, WA 98371.
Graveside service will be at 2:00 pm (CST), Monday February 27th at Calvary (St Benedict) Cemetery, Paul Koehler Drive - Shawnee, OK 74801
Though flowers are appreciated, the family invites you to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org