Betty Ford

Betty J. (Mariotti) Ford died Jan. 19, 2012, at the age of 86.

She was born May 22, 1925, in Enumclaw to Pete and Ethel Mariotti. She graduated from Enumclaw High School and attended business school in Seattle. She married Henry A. Ford in 1945 and they made their home in Enumclaw, where they raised three children. She and her husband worked for The Enumclaw Courier-Herald for many years.

She is survived by daughter Linda Taylor and husband Ed of Des Moines; brothers Jim Mariotti and wife Ad of Marysville, Wash., and John Mariotti and wife Dolores of Richland, Wash.; son-in-law Tom Wolfe; daughter-in-law Gail Ford; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, daughter Waneta Wolfe and son George Ford.

A celebration of her life is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Black Diamond. Services will be officiated by the Rev. Chuck Palluck.

Remembrances are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.