Thursday, June 20, 2024

Betty Lou Norman


Betty Lou Norman, long-time resident of Leavenworth, died on January 18th at the age of 89. She was born in Omak, WA and spent most of her life in Leavenworth, meeting her future husband at age 15. She and Bud spent nine years in Canada with their four young children, returning to Leavenworth for good in 1968.

Betty's passion was keeping her home and gardens immaculate and beautiful. Lush with flowers, it was often photographed by passing tourists. She loved cooking and hosted countless large family gatherings. She adored babies and dogs. She loved God. Seahawks games and Mill Bay gave her joy and frustration in equal measure. For 55 years, all the neighbors were enjoyed and welcomed into the life of this social butterfly, and she happily inserted herself into theirs. Her wit and spirit were legendary, and her work ethic unmatched.

Betty is survived by daughters Paula (& Steve) Lemons, Judy (& Ron) Kuch, Colleen (& John) O’Brien, and son Scott Norman. Betty & Bud have 8 grandchildren, 11 greats, and 4 great-greats. She was preceded in death by husband Robert “Bud” in 2012, her seven brothers and sisters, and great-grandson Lane.

Her last puppy love was schnauzer Angel, her companion for 15 years. Betty was a supporter of the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, should you wish to honor her by donation.

The family is planning a celebration of life gathering in the spring, when sunshine and flowers return and Betty was happiest, planning her garden for the summer. She will be missed always, until we meet again.