Betsy Elizabeth Caldwell

Betsy Elizabeth Caldwell died Feb. 25, 2015, in Enumclaw, following an illness associated with diabetes. She was 85.

She was born Jan. 8, 1930, in Lewistown, Mont., the first of two daughters born to Daniel and Lucille M. Hildahl. She graduated in 1948 from Great Falls (Mont.) High School, where she was a member of the Girls Drum Corp and a talented violinist. After high school she enrolled in The College of Education in Great Falls with a goal of becoming a teacher, graduating in 1951. During college she met future husband Jack. They were married in 1951 in Great Falls, Mont., and soon moved to Bozeman where he attended engineering school at Montana State University. She taught school for a time and, in 1954, her husband accepted an offer from the Boeing Company to pursue his lifelong dream of designing airplanes and they moved to Seattle. She loved arts and crafts, gardening, raising her children, all her pets, lending a helping hand to those in need, and keeping her two boys out of trouble.

She is survived by children Edward (Cathy) of Everett, Bob (Deirdre) of Seattle, and Rhonda (Doug) Weeks of Enumclaw; sister Doris (Dick) Smith of Hilo, Hawaii; and three grandchildren.

Funeral Services took place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at Edline-Yahn and Covington Funeral Chapel in Covington ( A reception followed at her daughter’s home in Enumclaw.

Remembrances may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, Va. 22311 ( All may sign the online guest book at