Betty Lou Hand

September 22, 1939April 14, 2011

Betty L. Hand was granted her angel wings on April 14, 2011. She was born Sept. 22, 1939 to Olivia & Herbert Reich in Stockton CA. Betty was an only child & grew up in San Francisco CA. and graduated from Calpoly High in 1956. She then met Johnny Hand who was in the Coast Guard and they soon married on June 23, 1956. John and Betty made their home in Livermore CA, where they raised two wonderful daughters, Sandra & Pamela.

Betty worked for the Unified School District. John and Betty retired June of 1990, sold their home of 30 years and then moved to Gleed, WA. Betty was always taking care of others. She then became a Hospice Aide of 5 years, there she enjoyed taking care of hospice patients, and met wonderful people and made many friendships. Betty's family was her life. She enjoyed cooking and baking especially during the holidays. For those who knew Betty, knew she also enjoyed traveling. Her many adventures were the US, Alaska, Hawaii and parts of Europe. Betty's life would seem too short for many, but those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Although she was so frail in her final days, she gave us all such courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life. Betty was truly blessed with the love of the Lord, a wonderful husband of 54 years and a wonderful and loving family.

Betty will be deeply missed and remain in our hearts forever.

She is survived by her Husband, Johnny Hand of Gleed, Washington; Daughter Sandra (Tom) Burnes of Yakima and Pamela Horney of Spokane; Grandchildren, April (Rob) Blouch of Yakima, Greg Burnes of Yakima, Amanda (Jeff) LaShaw of Spokane, Jon Hansen of Spokane, Mitzi Pimentel of Spokane. Great-Grandchildren, Siri and Shelby Blouch of Yakima and Joseph LaShaw of Spokane. She is also survived by son-in-law, Gary Horney of Spokane. And many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and many special friends.

Visitation will be 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Keith & Keith Ninth Avenue Chapel. A Graveside Service will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 22nd at Terrace Heights Memorial Park, with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 a.m. in the Memorial Bible Church in Gleed. Arrangements are by Keith & Keith Funeral Home.

I Am Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free I am following the path God laid for me, I took His hand when I heard Him call I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day To laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks undone must stay that way. I found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss. Ah yes, these things I, too, will miss.

Be not burdened with time of sorrow. I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full, I savored much. Good friends, good times, a love one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief, Don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me God wanted me now, He set me free.


  • Graveside Service Friday, April 22, 2011
  • Memorial Service Friday, April 22, 2011

Betty Lou Hand

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April Blouch

May 7, 2011

I miss my Grams so very much...I'm lighting a candle in her memory! I love you Grandma always & forever


Dan and Alice Keen

April 19, 2011

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Foster Family

April 19, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Leona Doege

April 18, 2011

To the Hand Family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. I know the hole left in your lives by her passing is deep and will never be filled. Betty eyes were filled with the love and grace of our Creator, and she bestowed that kindness to all she met. My family and I loved her dearly.
Leona & Kevin Doege, Melissa & Jeff

April 17, 2011

Johnny - I am so sorry for your loss. Betty was a beautiful person inside and out! We will pray for comfort for you and your family.
Cousin, Joyce (Barrett) Nordberg