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Evergreen Funeral Home & Cemetery

4504 Broadway, Everett, WA

OBITUARY

Betty Lee Phillips Savage

February 5, 1922October 18, 2019
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Betty Lee Phillips Savage, age 97, of Vashon, Washington passed away on Friday October 18, 2019. Betty was born February 5, 1922 in Everett, WA.

A memorial service for Betty will be held Friday, November 22, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Evergreen Funeral Home and Cemetery, 4504 Broadway, Everett, WA 98203, followed by a reception from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Evergreen-FH.com for the Savage family.

Services

22 November

Memorial Service

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Evergreen Funeral Home and Cemetery

4504 Broadway
Everett, WA 98203

22 November

Reception

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Evergreen Funeral Home and Cemetery

4504 Broadway
Everett, WA 98203

Memories

Betty Lee Phillips Savage

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Jocelyn Batdorf

November 8, 2019

Betty was the best mother in law to me. Always having wonderful holiday dinners and making special gifts to give. She would send her grandchildren sugar cookies and wonderful homemake items on all the holidays ( I still have some of these). She looked forward to spending a week with her grandchildren every summer when they did not live near her.

Such a sweet and giving person who I always enjoyed in every way possible and who will be deeply missed by me.

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Biography

When Betty Lee Savage walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Betty was and how she impacted those around her. Betty was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Betty wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Betty was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Betty was born on February 5, 1922 at her parents home in Everett, WA. She was the daughter of Thomas and Esther Phillips. Betty was raised in Everett, WA during the depression. While some who knew Betty might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Betty was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Betty was raised with 3 siblings. She had one younger brother, Thomas Hayden, one younger sister Jacqueline and one older sister, Barbara. Betty was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Betty was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Betty well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      As a young girl, Betty was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew her into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Betty was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with her peers. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Betty took part in debate team and junior drill team. In her spare time she liked to sew and became an excellent seamstress. Betty had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity she and the many childhood friends she shared might discover.

      During her high school years, Betty responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from Everett High School in 1940. She was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Betty absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Betty, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Betty a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything. Her favorite class in high school was English.

      On June 2, 1944 Betty married Ensign Theodore W. Savage at the First Babtist Church of Long Beach, CA. Her skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Ted's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Betty was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Betty was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Betty, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Savage home. Betty's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Betty was blessed with two children. A son, Robert, who goes by his nickname, Skip and a daughter, Colleen. She was also blessed with 2 grandchildren, Christopher and Jennifer, and 2 great grandsons, Sebastian and Griffin.

      Betty was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker, teacher, caregiver and horse show Mom. Betty worked all of her life, but found her most rewarding time working with children. She returned to college in her 50's and obtained her degree and teaching certificate for early childhood education. Betty was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Betty had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Her fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Betty loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were gardening, sewing and while she would never admit it, gossiping. Later in life, she acquired a laptop computer and enjoyed card making and shopping on Amazon. She loved music and the theater. Betty had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Betty's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Throughout her life, Betty was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Betty seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Betty had been an active member and president of the Shoreline PTA , Snohomish County Horse 4H Association leader, sewing and book club member. She took creative writing and Mandarin lessons at the local community college and Tai Chi classes at the Everett Senior Center.

      Betty's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Betty took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included tips to England and Ireland. Her bucket list included standing on the Great Wall of China, which she did at age 85.

      When her retirement finally came in 1978, Betty handled it the way she usually did. She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Betty to master. Her new life involved relocating to Dugualla Bay, Whidbey Island. She loved her beachfront home. In retirement, she found pleasure in discovering new ways to store the crab they caught and canning more fruit than anyone could ever eat. She enjoyed being a volunteer wherever she was needed. Even in retirement, Betty continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Betty Savage died on October 18, 2019 in her home at Vashon Community Care Assisted Living on Vashon Island, WA. Betty was 97 and passed peacefully with her daughter and granddaughter by her side. Her husband Ted preceded her in death in 2002. She is survived by her children, Colleen (Frank) Zellerhoff and Skip (Chona) Savage; her grandchildren, Chris (Pauline) Savage and Jenny (Marq) Savage Dean and their mother, Jocelyn Batdorf; great grandsons Sebastion Savage and Griffin Savage Dean. Betty will also be missed by her many cousins, nieces, nephews, old friends, new friends and by her very dear friend, John Schultz. Betty's family would like to extend their deepest appreciation and thanks to her friends and care givers at Vashon Community Care. You are all amazing and wonderful.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Betty. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Betty for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Betty was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.