Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Hoare, 85, passed away Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Mount Vernon, Wash.
She was born to Albert and Anna (Kowalski) Langedahl in Bismarck, and was raised in Tuttle. Betty was educated in Steele, and attended St. Alexius School of Nursing and Dickinson State College. While teaching at Chestina #1 at Langedahl, she met and married Donald Frank Hoare in 1947.
Betty was one of the first women allowed into the all men's U.S. Saint Vincent De Paul Society and served as local treasurer for 19 years. She was a Vivian Woodard cosmetic representative and a political volunteer. In 1980 Betty was named the Washington State Mother of the Year. She was a driving force in the development and building of the "Lady of the Sea" statue in Anacortes, Wash.
For more than 20 years she and her "Rosary Group" prayed every day for their families and the community. Betty's creative outlets were boundless with paintings, baking, cooking, gardening, canning and flower arranging.
Our parents proved that words were not necessary; their actions modeled their Catholic faith and beliefs for us and our children. Later in life she suffered a stroke. She courageously completed rehabilitation, re-learning to walk and write. She was always courageous and cheerful throughout her life's challenges. By her example and love, she allowed others to care for her in a most dignified way. Her house was a home to any and all who passed by.
Betty is survived by: her seven children, Frank (and wife, Lynn) Horton, Lauretta (and husband, Dave) Smailes, Robert Hoare, Kathleen Bjornberg, Patricia (and husband, Dave) Strachila, Donald (and wife, Molly) Hoare, and Brad (and wife, Cynthia) Hoare; and 15 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; and grandson, Nicholas. A vigil service was held on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mount Vernon, Wash.
Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 13 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
People may share memories of Betty and sign her online guest registry at (www.kernfuneralhome.com).
Memorial donations: May be made to Saint Vincent De Paul, c/o Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 215 N. 15th St., Mount Vernon, WA 98273, or to the Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231.
Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.