Bettie Michael Crowley Powert, a resident of Three Rivers for over 40 years, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in her home with family members by her side. She was 92.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at 11 a.m., at St. Clair’s Catholic Church. A reception will follow at St. Anthony Retreat.
Bettie was born in Aurora, Ill., on December 17, 1923, to Walter Emerson Baus and Naomi E. McGinnis. Her childhood was spent in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana. She grew up as an only child during the Depression and spent some of her happiest times with her Grannie in Joliet, Ill.
Bettie always wanted to be a nurse and was accepted to Henrotin Hospital Nursing College (Chicago) where she received her RN degree and graduated in 1945. That year, World War II ended and she relocated to Los Angeles to reunite with her high school sweetheart, Pat Crowley, who had just been discharged from the Army.
Bettie and Pat were married in 1946 and soon had two daughters, Merryann Crowley Bishop and Kathleen Mae Lukes. They made the San Fernando Valley their home.
Bettie worked as a nurse in the emergency room at Holy Cross Hospital for many years and loved her career. Pat worked in the automotive business.
Their friends, Bruce and Patricia Turner, introduced them to Three Rivers. They liked it so much they purchased land with the plan to build a home and retire here.
They spent many years vacationing with their families while building their home. Their home was completed in 1984, and they moved in and became permanent residents of Three Rivers.
For more than 32 years, Pat and Bettie made many friends and belonged to the Three Rivers community where they were active in the Three Rivers Travel Club and Three Rivers Lions Club. Bettie was a valued member of the Three Rivers Woman’s Club for over 25 years serving as president, secretary, parliamentarian, and historian.
Additionally, Bettie belonged to the Redbud Garden Club and also volunteered her time for over 10 years quilting blankets for Comfort for Kids. Recently she enjoyed getting together weekly to knit with her friends Sophie, Cynthia, Charlotte, and Char. Bettie’s hobbies included knitting, sewing, quilting, China painting, and playing piano and the recorder.
After 54 years of marriage, Pat passed away in 1999. In 2003, Bettie married Gene Powert, a longtime friend who was also recently widowed. Bettie and Gene had 10 happy years together before he died in 2013.
In 2007, Bettie was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathleen, due to cancer.
Bettie is survived by her daughter, Merryann, and husband Ken; their two children, Kaitlin and Daniel and Daniel’s wife, Heather; grandchildren Jennifer Willis, Travis Thomas, and Tyson Lukes and wife Michelle; and her great grandchildren, Evan and Dylan Willis, Wyatt and Hayden Thomas, and Nathan and Henry Lukes.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Three Rivers Woman’s Club (P.O. Box 504, Three Rivers, CA 93271).