Betty Ann Wells

August 12, 1922 - November 25, 2020


Betty passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at St. Anne Hospital (formerly called Highline Hospital) in Burien, Washington at the age of 98. Betty was born on August 12, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Anna Haffich Reynolds and Orin E. Reynolds.

After graduating from Miller Vocational School in 1941 with a degree in Dressmaking, Betty worked at Sears, Roebuck and Co. in Minneapolis until the Christmas rush was over.  She and two friends moved to Seattle to find work.  Betty was immediately hired by Sears in the Mail Order Department as a Packer.  She worked her way up to Assistant Manager of the Shipping and Billing Department.  In reality, she managed the Department.  Betty was highly respected for her managerial skills and velvet-glove style of managing her employees.  She was a mentor to many and did many things to improve the quality of life for those fortunate enough to cross her path.

Betty’s passions were gardening, golfing, and sewing.  Even at age 98, Betty had a beautiful floral garden.  She belonged to Glen Acres Golf Club.  Betty was very active in the Golf Club and was one of their outstanding golfers.  On September 21, 2006 at the age of 84, Betty hit a Hole-In-One at Glen Acres.  She golfed well into her 90s and continued to stay in touch and meet with her friends from the club.  Betty also socialized with her many friends from Sears.  She was a trusted and valued friend to many.  Betty was a very talented seamstress and made many of her own clothes.  Her granddaughters, Adrienne and Kristy, fondly remember dresses that she made for them.

Betty also loved dogs and cats and owned numerous pets throughout her lifetime.  It was indeed a lucky dog or cat that was adopted by Betty.

Betty was preceded in death by her mother; father; step-father; brother; step-son, James F. Wells, Jr.; and the love of her life, James “Fred” Wells, Sr.. Betty and Fred enjoyed golfing, boating, and living on Angle Lake.   After Fred’s passing, Betty lived by herself on Angle Lake until her death.

Betty is survived by her daughter-in-law Ann Wells; granddaughters Adrienne (James) and Kristy (Gary) and their families.  She is also survived by her niece Christine (Greg) and their family.  Betty is also survived by numerous friends who loved and cared for her immensely.

The loving care provided by the doctors and nurses at St. Anne Hospital is greatly appreciated!

Due to Covid, there was no funeral.  Betty has joined her husband Fred; mother and step-father Anna and Robert Farquharson in eternal rest at Bonney Watson Cemetery in SeaTac, Washington.  Just like her Hole-In-One, Betty was one in a million and will be missed but remembered by many.  We can just imagine the reunion Betty is having in Heaven.

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