OBITUARY

Betty Ann Hamilton

July 16, 1926March 13, 2021

Betty was born at home in Forest, WA on July 16, 1926 to Frank and Edith Hamilton. She grew up a farm girl in the Newaukum Valley, south of Chehalis. Helping her daddy milk the cows', operate the team of horses, and then learning to run the tractors and farming equipment. She told many stories of living through the depression, hence it was very difficult for her to throw things away. She enjoyed cooking along side of her mother. She loved riding her ponies, had to many pets to count, and was in 4-H where she exhibited her Dairy Cattle. She went to school in Chehalis all 12 years, graduating from the original Chehalis High School. Her young adult life, she loved to dance. She would regularly attend the local "Playquato Dancehall". There, she would meet country music artists. Then in the late 1940's, she found herself in Hollywood, CA building and maintaining swimming pools by day and working as a waitress at a Famous Country Music Dancehall and Restaurant by night, where she met more country music artist such as Hank Thompson, Jim Reeves, The Auctioneer LeRoy Vandyke, and many more. In the mid-50's she returned to Chehalis to work at the Olympia Oyster House. In 1958 she began her own business. At that time, you could see all three of WA State's Mountains from the Newaukum Valley so she named her café, "Tri-Mountain Burger Bar". In the early 1960's her business grew, so she designed a newer and larger "Tri-Mountain Restaurant and Truck Stop". Both were located off I-5 in Napavine area. In the early 1970's she became interested in racing cars at the Tenino Raceway, car #73.

While operating her business’s, she continued to help her parents on the “Walnut Shade Farm”. Come hay season, she was there running the tractor, mower, and the crew. She also assisted in raising and showing her parent’s registered Black Angus Cattle all over the Pacific Northwest, down to San Franisco, CA and up to the PNE in Vancouver BC. She was the leader of the “Tri-Mountain 4-H Club”, where her two children also showed live stock all over the NW. Later on she enjoyed watching from the bleachers her grandchildren and great grandchildren showing their horses, market steers, hogs, and sheep at the fairs. In 1977, at age 51, a friend in the business talked her into setting up her vehicle and beginning to drive pilot cars for oversized loads. This was her calling. She was very dedicated to be the BEST, she would literally go all over the state of Washington and physically measure the height of the bridges, take polaroid pictures, and then file them for reference. She specialized in Over Height and Super Loads, "Don't tell Betty that it can't be done!" She would find a way to get that load delivered safely, and enjoy every minute! She took loads across America, all the way to Florida. She made many friends along the way and was admired by many in the business. This was a special way for her to stay independent for the rest of her hard working life until she fell and got a concussion in October 2018. At age 92, she had to retire! Since then she has lived at home with family and caregivers taking care of her until her passing on March 13, 2021 at age 94 with her daughter Deborah and Rodney by her side. She left behind a large family who loved her dearly; her two children Deborah Graham and her husband Jerry Graham and son Rodney Hamilton and his wife Anne Hamilton, 7 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 5 great- great grandchild as well as all of their spouses, and will be missed by numerous relatives and friends!

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mike mitchell

March 29, 2021

I owe my career driving a lowboy truck to Betty Hamilton!
I felt like I was in the hands of God when she was ahead of me we have lost one of the best pilot car ladies and Heaven has gained a pilot car queen

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Biography

      Betty Ann Hamilton was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Betty always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Betty was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

       Her parents were Frank B and Edith P Hamilton. Betty was raised in Newaukum Valley and Chehalis Washington. Always able to express herself well, Betty possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Betty was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Betty was able to relate well with others. Her occasional role as family mediator gave her the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Betty was raised with One. She had one older brother named Alfred. Betty had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Betty showed her creative ability in many ways. She was outgoing and animated. Betty enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. She was a 4-H. In her spare time she liked riding ponies/horses and exhibiting dairy cattle. Betty's memorable achievements included.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Betty was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. Her curious nature was spurred by her ability to maximize her personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. She was good with facts and had an excellent memory. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was home economics.

      Very much like a kid herself, Betty identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Betty was blessed with Two, Deborah L Graham and Rodney C Hamilton.

      Betty was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Betty’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Betty was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Betty could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. Her primary occupation was waitressing in early adulthood, and later for 42 years she drove pilot/escort cars for oversized loads.

      Betty enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. Her favorite pursuits were dancing, antiquing, cast iron collecting, Betty Boop collecting, and gardening. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Betty was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made her a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which she belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Betty worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. In high school, Betty was a member of the 4-H club. Throughout her later years, Betty was an active member of the Eagles Aux #1550 Chehalis and USHEA Pilot Car assosication.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Betty truly enjoyed. She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Hot August Nights-Reno and charter boat fishing.

      Betty was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Her family was rounded out by her pomeranians; Trinket, Cricket, and Pumpkin.

      When Betty’s retirement finally came in October 1, 2018, she was well prepared. She used logical analysis of her retirement options in order to ensure her retirement would be fulfilling. Still, she was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed.

      Betty passed away on March 13, 2021 at At home in Chehalis Washington. Natural causes at age 94. Services were held at First Christian Church Chehalis. Betty was laid to rest in Fern Hill Cemetery March 27, 2021.

      Betty was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Betty had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Betty Ann Hamilton.