About 1919, the young family moved to the mountains outside of Santa Cruz, CA, later moving into the city of Santa Cruz. She graduated from High School in 1934. On October 10, 1936, she married Tracy C. Chadwell. A few years later they found themselves both working on one of the large California ranches that were so big it was divided into sections, each with it’s own work crew. Betty was a cook for 17 ranch hands using an old wood stove.
When Tracy enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp for WWII, Betty moved back to Santa Cruz to await his return. After the war, they bought their home in Paso Robles, CA and raised their two daughters, Susan and Judy. When the youngest was in school, Betty went to work for the school cafeteria, cooking in the main kitchen, then delivering and serving hot lunches to one of the elementary schools. Many people still remember the "Cafeteria Lady". Betty was a talented seamstress, a wonderful cook, a voracious reader and crossword puzzle fiend. After her stroke in 1996, she re-learned to write left handed so she could do her crossword puzzles.
After retirement, Betty and Tracy moved to Longview, WA to be near their daughter, Susan and family. Betty was a resilient and practical lady with more than a few health set backs in her later years. She always managed to make a come back. She bounced but never broke. Four years ago she moved to St. George to be near her daughter, Judy and into the Beehive Homes on Mesa Palms Drive.
Betty is survived by her daughters: Sue (Don) Hansen of Montesano, WA and Judy (Tony) Balen of St. George, Utah; four grandchildren: Chris (Kirsten) Hansen of Olympia, WA, Kim Summerlin of Montesano, WA, Kelly (Robert) Dawson of Las Vegas, NV and Andrew (Nikkol) Balen of Las Vegas, NV; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her two brothers: Stan Mount of Santa Cruz, CA and Les (Joan) Mount of Gleneden, OR; and one sister, Lois Voss of Aptos, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tracy (1996); a sister, Beryl Cooper; and a brother, Hugh Mount.
At her request, there will not be local services. A memorial will be held this spring in California when she will be interred next to her sweetheart, Tracy in Watsonville Pioneer Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221.
A special thank you to Beehive Homes’ Mark Corry and his staff: Mary at the Cottages and Cori and Karen at the assisted. We are so grateful for the wonderful care our sweet mom received for the last four years.