Elizabeth "Betty" Annette Clifton
Sep 3, 1946 – Jun 29, 2016
Elizabeth (Betty) Clifton was born on Labor Day, Sept. 3, 1946 to Frederick & Winifred Clifton. She spent her first years in Ballard and then her family moved to a wonderful home on Angle Lake in SeaTac when Betty was 13 years old. This was to remain her place of residence for most of her life.
She graduated from the UW with a degree in Classical Greek and then went on to get her medical degree at the UW Medical School. She had a thriving private practice in downtown Seattle for a number of years and was a beloved and caring physician until health issues forced her to retire from medicine.
Betty had a passion and great talent for art, in particular drawing and painting, and she spent many years pursuing that passion. She was an avid and successful gardener, often out in her beautiful gardens from dawn to dusk. She enjoyed collecting rare books and stamps, as well as pottery and pretty much anything she considered beautiful. She was bright, engaging and the family historian.
To all who knew her, Betty was kind and helping, possessing a colorful and charismatic character, often dressing in the latest trends of the day, if not retro styles. She was rarely without multiple necklaces and rings, the more the merrier. Most important to Betty was her love for God, family, and of course her dogs, for which she had many over her entire adult life. She understood her need for a close walk with Jesus and this carried her through times of trouble. A prolific poet… her poems beautifully illustrated her passion for God, his creation, and his help in times of difficulty.
Those who knew her dearly, loved Betty. She loved to gift people with small treasures from her collections and from her artwork, as well as sending handmade cards for every occasion, many of which were sent without any occasion whatsoever, except to express her care and love. Even her young great-grandnephews and grandnieces have expressed sadness in hearing of her passing, feeling the loss, and knowing they will no longer be receiving her sweet notes in the mail.
We will all miss Betty, but we take solace, gladness and joy in knowing that she is at rest, reunited with her beloved parents and with her Savior and Lord.
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