Michele Denise (Raney) Betts: 1952-2020
Last updated 6/18/2020 at 4:19pm
Our beautiful and most loved Wife, Mother, Sister, Friend and Child of Jesus left us this Mother's Day, May 10, 2020. As a family and community, we are bewildered, lost, and so incredibly sad.
Michele was born October 13, 1952, to her loving parents, Paul and Grace Raney, and raised in the community of St. Catherine Parish in NE Seattle. Michele was the youngest of the siblings she adored: Pat (Barbara) Raney, Sandra (Virgil) Reynolds, Larry (Betti) Raney, and her best friend, sister Paula (Michael) Huisman.
Michele attended St. Catherine Grade School and Holy Angels High School. Her younger days were filled with school, church, Hawaiian dancing, theater, and most of all family gatherings. She absolutely loved when her greater family was all together.
Growing up in Seattle, Michele excelled in entertaining her family and the public. Her activities included performing dance with sister Paula for a traveling Elks group, representing Seattle as the official Trade Dollar Kid for the Century 21 World's Fair, performing with the Holy Angels Drill Team, as well as a 1969-70 O'Dea Cheerleader, and representing the community of Roosevelt as the 1971 Miss Roosevelt Seafair Princess.
After high school, Michele attended North Seattle Community College and excelled in the newly formed theater department. During these years she met and loved her future husband, Michael. In 1972, the beginning of the family of Michael and Michele Betts started with a wedding at St. James Cathedral.
The family Michele and Mike always dreamed of began with the birth of their son Beau (Melanie) Betts, followed by daughters Michaela (Gerry) Soroczak, Anne-Marie (Josh) Brager, and Teresa (Devin) Cabanilla. Let the adventure begin!
The adventures of Michele's own family began in North Seattle. Over the years, this family gathered life-long friends in the communities and parishes of Kirkland, Edmonds, Beaverton, and back to Edmonds. Michele and Mike have lived in Edmonds since 1993.
Michele was first and foremost a wife to her Michael and a mom to her children. Love and devotion describe Michele's life to her family and to all the friends she gathered along her way. Michele also did all she could for the support of her family, from selling fresh berries in the summer to three years helping children at Seattle's Children's Hospital.
Michele was especially proud to serve as a First Grade Teacher's Aide and Religious Education Instructor for 19 years at Seattle's St. Anne School on Queen Anne Hill.
Michele impressed on her family two virtues. The first was the importance of love within the family. To that end her four children each married and created their own families. Nothing except for the love of her own children surpassed the love for her grandchildren.
Meredith, Zoe, Lucy, Vita, Jaden, Harper, Orion, Paul, Henry, and finally Annabelle were the pinnacle of Michele's life. They are her legacy. They will carry on the love their Grandmother Michele showered on them each day.
Michele's second virtue instilled in her family was her love for her savior Jesus Christ and His Mother Mary. We believe that Michele's reward and legacy was to leave us on Mother's Day. As time passes, we will remember her love for family, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and especially Christmas!
And, of course, birthdays! She loved all the birthdays!
Funeral Mass and a Celebration of Life will be announced soon.