Betty Jean Wahlen

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“Dear Mom, I have so many memories.There isn't one better than another. It's hard to not be able and pick up the phone, to get your...Read More »
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“When my Becky and Betty's Wendy were ready to cross the bridge into Girl Scouts they needed a leader. I volunteered and Betty said she would help me....Read More »
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“Betty and Howard were our dear friends for many years. We are saddened by their passing but will treasure their memories always. ”
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Betty Jean Wahlen was born at home on December 23, 1928 in Mitchell, South Dakota and passed away at home on October 3, 2016 in Des Moines, Washington. She was the first of five daughters born to Walter J. and (Dorothy) Maxine (Elliott) Cagley. Betty was raised in Chehalis, Washington in the house her father built for his family. She graduated from Chehalis High School and attended Washington State University where she was a member of the synchronized swim team. Betty married Howard Orville Wahlen, of Hoquiam, in 1953. They raised five children in Seattle where Betty was a PTA president, Cub Scout den mother, and Girl Scout leader. Betty worked as a secretary and office manager, although her main job title was, "Super Mom," as her husband affectionately called her.

Betty was predeceased by her husband, Howard, and her youngest son, Brian, her parents, stepmother, Esther Cagley, and sisters, Connie Hirtzel and Gloria Davis and niece, Tamme (Tamara) Jae Hirtzel-Clark. She is survived by her sons Howie, of Maple Valley, Tad, of Lakewood, and Tim, of Federal Way and by her daughter Wendy Larson, of Forks, sisters Jo Ann Coleman, of Brookings, Oregon, and Beverly Landry, of Montesano, and by her daughters-in-law and son-in-law and many beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews and their families. Betty was especially fond of her many good friends at Wesley Homes and in the community and of her fellow Chehalis High School Bearcats, Class of 1946.

A service for Betty will be held on October 22, at 2 p.m. at the Wesley Homes Terrace in Des Moines, Washington. Pastor Ernie Jeong, of Beautiful Savior Lutheran LC-MS, will officiate.