Elizabeth (Betty) May Dahl


Elizabeth (Betty) May Dahl née Watson, Woodard passed away in her home and in her favorite chair the morning of June 22. 2021.  She battled and outlived multiple medical conditions until her body could not sustain any more.

Betty was born in Surrey, BC on October 28, 1935 and lived in the family home with her parents and three older brothers until she married in 1956 and moved to Washington with her husband.  Shortly thereafter they bought a home in Kirkland, WA and moved in Christmas Eve with their three young children.  She raised us and remained in that same home until the day she passed.

After working for the Lake Washington School District for 23 years, she ended up having to retire early from Kirkland Junior High due to the progression of the ALS she had been diagnosed with in 1984.  She continued to do all she could despite the advancement of the disease.  The family was elated when she reunited with a past beau, and we stood beside her as she married the love of her life on May 10, 1997.

She is survived by her three children; Betty-Ann Ray, Doug (Michelle) Woodard, and Janet (Rod) Hobelman, her six grandchildren; David Ray, Katie Woodard, Krystalyn Ray, Jeremy McCracken, Elizabeth Lovell and Zak Carroll, her six great-grandchildren, as well as her 2 nephews (Dan & Rick) and four nieces (Linda, Kathy, Cindy & Suzanne) in Canada.

She was loved, supported, and surrounded by her caregivers Lynn and Lori as well as her children, their spouses, grandchildren, their spouses, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews because that was just who she was.  She will be dearly missed.

6 Responses to “Elizabeth (Betty) May Dahl”

  • Cindy Legree says:

    I will always remember my wonderful memories of all our family visits back and forth when we were kids. An amazing woman. She will be very much missed by all that knew and loved her. But she is also welcomed with open arms by her parents, brothers, family and friends. Rest In Peace Auntie Betty

  • Rick Watson says:

    Goodbye Auntie Betty, I haven’t seen you in a very long time. But you were always loved very much. It’s is very sad to think of you moving on to a peaceful place. All those who loved you will miss you.

  • Sue Flowers Wong says:

    She was a wonderful person and I am so glad to read she was able to stay in her home all these years.
    My condolences to the whole family.

  • Mike Blodgett says:

    Thank you for being a part of my life and a devoted friend. In 1987 you gave me a small plant (a corn plants-no real corn). It is still thriving and each day I pass it in the staircase I fondly remember you. I will now cherish the plant for another 24 years with find memories of you.

  • Vicki Whitney says:

    I never knew you, but I was lucky to work with Janet and Betty-Ann. You raised these two WONDERFUL daughters, so I just wanted to thank you. Betty-Ann was and is a blessing in my life.

  • Laura Brown Smith says:

    I was sad to hear of her passing, but it brought up many memories of all the things she put up with when Betty-Ann, Doug, Janet and I ran amok as teenagers. If you see this Mrs. Woodard, I am sorry for any grief we caused you. Though you always kept your cool, you had a certain glare that let us all know when it was time to settle down or we all were going to be sorry. Rest in peace Mrs W.

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