Betty Lou Crampton

Betty Lou Crampton

Betty Lou Crampton passed away on February 10, 2014.  She was 86 years old.

Grandma_and_CarlBetty Lou was born in Seattle, WA in 1927.  She attended T. T. Minor Elementary School and Broadway High School graduating in 1944 as one of the top ten students.  Betty Lou received her license as a registered nurse from Swedish Hospital and the University of Washington in 1950 and her Masters of Nursing from the University of Washington in 1967.

Betty Lou and Loris E. Crampton were married in September 1949 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  They moved to Hawaii where Loris taught at Kamehameha School and Betty Lou was a nurse at Kuakini Hospital.  After a year in Hawaii they moved to Centralia, WA.  Betty Lou worked at St. Helen’s Hospital in Chehalis, WA.  While living in Centralia, Betty Lou and Loris had three children, Carl, Elizabeth, and John.

The family moved to Kirkland, WA in 1960.  Betty Lou worked at Overlake Hospital as a King County Public Health nurse, and then as the Director of the King County Visiting Nurse Service.  Betty Lou also taught at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health.

Following her retirement she was active in local civic activities serving on the North Rose Hill Neighborhood Association, where sheMomGrandma2 attended meetings with Loris.  Much of her free time was spent reading fiction, medical news, The New Yorker magazine, and anything else she could get her hands on; playing bridge; traveling through Europe and America with family and friends, knitting; gardening; and being an involved, loving, and active mother and grandma. 

Betty Lou is survived by her children, Carl and his wife, Eileen; Elizabeth and her husband, Jim; John and his wife, Stacy; and her grandchildren Catherine, Jillian, Steven and Emily.

A memorial will be held this summer to celebrate Betty Lou’s life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Seattle Children’s Hospital uncompensated care fund.


One Response to “Betty Lou Crampton”

  • Julie Teuber says:

    It is with great sadness that I learned just the other day of your dear mother’s passing. To say that I was shocked and saddened would be an understatement. You see Betty Lou held a very precious place in my heart. As former Active Living Direction at Creekside I had the privilege of spending a great amount of time with her and as such we formed a warm bond.

    I enjoyed exercise class first thing in the morning to doctor and shopping errands where I always made sure she was safely to and inside her destination. It was something she would mention over and over as special to her.

    We also enjoyed fun outgoings and many great times at Creekside. I especially loved hearing about her past and opinions on things. Betty Lou had strong opinions and she let you know what they were. She also knew if you cared and that was something you could not help but do if you knew her.

    I will treasure having her and several residents to my home where I was able to prepare, serve and dote on them after leaving Creekside.

    There just are no good words. I know we shared a lot, even our faith. That brings me great comfort.

    Thank you for sharing her with us. I will miss her and remember fondly the precious time I had.

    Most Sincerely,

    Julie Teuber

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