Bette Ann Cagen

October 27, 1950April 27, 2018

Bette Ann Cagen 10/27/1950-4/27/2018

Bette Ann Cagen passed away in Seattle on Friday April 27, 2018. She passed peacefully, maintaining a positive attitude and handling it all on her own terms, as she was known to do. She was the daughter of Dr. William R. and Virginia Tregoning, both deceased.

Bette graduated from Boise’s Capital High School in 1969 and then from the University of Idaho in 1973 with a degree in Educational Psychology. She married Rick Cagen and they had two sons David and Steven. They later divorced.

Bette spent the majority of her life in Eastern Idaho where she was the Executive Director of United Way of Southeastern Idaho, Director of the First Security Summer Games, Volunteer Coordinator for the Portneuf Medical Center, and served as the President of the Gate City Rotary Club. She volunteered at countless community organizations throughout her life.

She moved to Seattle in 2013 to be closer to her sons and grandchildren. She leaves behind a brother Bill (wife Michele, sons Michael and Jonathan), a sister Jan Aiello (daughters Christina and Nella), and her sons David (wife Rachel, children Stella and Nash), and Steven (wife Natasha, children Reese and Bodie). In addition, a special friend in Brian Johnson.

The family will be holding a celebration of her life in Seattle on June 2nd, and all are welcome to join. We would like to thank Heritage House for their support, Swedish and Kindred Hospitals for their care, Dr. Deb Klein, Dr. Pappas, Dr. Matthews and many others who helped her and her family through this tough time.


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Jeanne Wilson

May 20, 2018

I first met Bette at the YMCA in Boise. Bette was the most magnificent butterfly swimmer I ever saw. And when I was a freshman in college, she was my big sister in the Pi Phi house. I was a bridesmaid in her wedding, and she was such a sweet, caring, lovely woman. We lost touch over the years, and I am so sorry for her family's loss.

Ann E

May 16, 2018

To the Family
You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. May God provide you with comfort during this grievous time. Be assured that one day soon God will do away with death forever. 1 Corinthians 15:26.