Betty Jane Vacca

Dec 3, 1928 – Mar 3, 2015

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Betty Olson Vacca

Betty died March 3, at 86.  She lived in Seahurst during her early years and later attended Highline High School where she met her late husband of 56 years, Tony Vacca. Together they raised a family of four children.

Betty was an accomplished artist, winning many awards with her paintings on display in homes, restaurants, Highline Hospital Cancer Center and other public places. In 2014, Burien named her Citizen of the Year and Grand Marshal in Burien's 4th of July parade. 

Betty is survived by her children; Janis Kelly, Karen Rea (Steven), Diane Ryan (Andy), and John Vacca. She has seven grandchildren; David, Kara (Jimmy), Sean (Dabney), Ryan (Kalie), Karly, Adam, and Hayley; and two great-grandchildren Blake and Evan.  Funeral Mass will be held at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (15216 21st Ave SW, Burien) on Tuesday, March 10 at 11am.

Donations may be made to Highline Medical Center Foundation. Online memorial provided at


Pamela Dunn
Camano Island, Wa
May 15, 2015

Betty will be missed. Her inspiring Christmas card last year had an angel on it she created. I take it out every so often still and admire her talent and love for beauty.

I know she is in a good place now without pain. l have a warm spot in my heart for her. I always looked up to her growing up!

I just found out from my sister, Penny Dunn-Wile and missed her service. I love you Betty!

Rochelle H. Flynn
Burien, WA
Mar 24, 2015

I met Betty about 12 years ago when I was coordinating art walks for the Burien Arts Commission. She was not only a brilliant painter, but a truly delightful person. I loved her warmth, her smile, and her sense of humor. She defied stereotypes about aging and abilities. Her paintings had no age. They were full of passion, energy, and beauty. Her colors were bold and vibrant. She lived life to the fullest. I'm so glad I knew her. My condolences to all of her family.

Mary & Karl Petterson
Normandy Park, WA
Mar 10, 2015

Janice, we were so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a lovely person, so talented and we always enjoyed seeing her occasionally in and around Burien. Our prayers to you and your entire family. May God's everlasting arms of Love surround each and every one of you. Mary & Karl

Annette Schenck
Seattle , Wa
Mar 9, 2015

I met Betty quite a few years ago while doing my morning walk at Southcenter Mall. She was so friendly and we became good friends and walking buddies sharing stories of our families and our love for the art. What a great lady that loved her family so much and was so thankful for her life and what she had accomplished. Prayers to her family and I'm sure she has had a great reunion with her beloved Tony. Love you Betty!

Dawn Peterson
Burien, Wa
Mar 9, 2015

My mother in law Priscilla, Betty and their husbands were good friends when they were younger and again recently. We were always amazed by her smile and her devotion for her friends and family. And now our families will be tied together when her grandson and Priscilla's grand daughter will be married. The circle continues.

I know you will be missed.

Tom Fletcher
Burien, WA
Mar 9, 2015

I knew Betty from our Artist United group. She was kind and generous; showing many her art, techniques, and many mediums. She was as beautiful as her artwork.

Donna Cress
Normandy Park, Wa
Mar 8, 2015

Such a wonderful lady, full of life and fun, so many great memories with Betty and Tony. I cherish the art work from her. Janice you know your my favorite girl. Bless you and the girls and John.

Donna Cress

Cheryl Miler
Phoenix, Az
Mar 8, 2015

Karen and Family, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Take Care, Love Cheryl and Mike

Dominic and Trudie Colello
Federal Way, Wa
Mar 8, 2015

Betty you lived a long life and were a wonderful and caring


We had good times together later in your life..........

Thank you for being a friend.


Allen and Janice Matsumoto
Des Moines, WA
Mar 7, 2015

Betty was one of the most beautiful persons that I have ever met. She was an outstanding artist with a very upbeat outlook on her surroundings which was reflected in her beautiful paintings. We will miss her very much. With deep sympathies to the Vacca Family.

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