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Terese Beatrice ‘Betty’ Washburn

September 25, 2012
The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE, Mich. - Terese Beatrice "Betty" Washburn, age 90, of Marquette, entered eternal life Sunday morning, September 23, 2012 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility.

Born April 1, 1922 in Marquette, a daughter of Frank and Agnes (Richard) Marlowe, Betty was raised in Marquette and graduated from the Bishop Baraga High School, Class of 1940. She was employed, for a time as a secretary at the court house, before marrying Gale S. Washburn on February 6, 1946. The couple made their home in Marquette while Betty was employed at the former Sweets Goods Shoppe and Marquette Club. A homemaker at heart, Betty's domain was her kitchen. It was there that the sights and smells of bread rising in pans around the room, desserts being made, and treats for her children and their friends, created memories of home for her family. There seemed to always be something on the stove or in the oven, with pasties being a favorite. Sitting with mom at the kitchen table, sharing a cup of coffee, a treat, and good conversation, was always special. Betty loved gardening, craftwork, growing plants in her home, and was the "queen" of recycling. She was a talented artist, creating beautiful drawings, and loved animals - oh, how she loved animals, often taking in stray cats and dogs who found their way to her door. Family came first for Gale and Betty, and each summer they took two weeks for vacation camping with the children, to various locations around the Upper Peninsula. Betty was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church where she was active in the women's club, assisting with pasty preparation and sales, and working with the funeral luncheon crew.

Betty is survived by her daughters, Susan Swanson of Green Bay, WI, Faye (Jack) Holtom of Portsmouth, VA, Carol (Bill) Etten of Negaunee, and Mary Ann (Patrick) House of Marquette; her grandchildren, Lisa Bleakley, Shawn and Jennifer Holtom, Cora and Michael House, Nick Etten, and Karen Washburn; great-grandchildren, Gabriel Holtom, Zachary, Jamie, and Collin Bleakley; her sister, Dorothy Mattson of Marquette; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Marlowe and Jean Washburn of Marquette, and Jan Marlowe of Escanaba; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Gale; her son, Richard "Rich" Washburn; brothers, Robert "Sonny" Marlowe and Richard "Ritchie" Marlowe; brothers-in-law, John Mattson, Jim Glass, Thomas and Carol Glass, Leon Washburn, Donald and Mary "Tootie" Washburn; sisters-in-law, Mildred and Lawrence Revord, Hazel and Francis Longtine, Edith and Clarence Bourdage.

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Terese Beatrice ‘Betty’ Washburn

The family will receive relatives and friends at St. Christopher Catholic Church on Thursday, September 27, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon Thursday with Rev. Jeff Johnson as celebrant. Betty's grandchildren will serve as honorary escorts. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff and residents of the Marquette County Medical Care Facility for the many kindnesses extended to Betty and her family throughout the years of her residency there. Your compassion and care certainly added to her quality of life. Thank you!

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter), P.O. Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855.

The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at



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