|Birth: ||May 20, 1922|
|Death: ||Oct. 1, 2003|
Betty was born in Coulee City, the daughter of Frank Leahy and Margaret (Patrick) McLain. Both her maternal (Patrick) and paternal (Leahy) grandparents homesteaded near what is now Leahy Junction in Douglas County in the early 1900’s between Grand Coulee and Bridgeport.
She moved to Ephrata as a child and attended grade school at several country schools, finishing middle school in Wenatchee and graduating from West Seattle High School in 1940. She moved back to Wenatchee working at Pacific Fruit and Produce while attending Business College. She then returned to Seattle where she was a secretary at Seattle General Hospital, where she met Howard. They were married on November 30, 1944 at the Naval Amphibious Base in San Diego, California.
While Howard served in the Navy, Betty was a dental assistant for Dr. S.A. Randolph in Seattle. Then in 1945, Betty became office manager for Renton Hospital.
Betty and Howard moved to their first home in Northgate in 1947 then on to Quincy in 1953 where they started Randolph Construction. After a brief move to Moses Lake in 1981, they built the first energy efficient home in Grant County in Ephrata in 1982.
Betty was an avid sports enthusiast enjoying snow skiing in her early years, winning several bowling trophies in Quincy, an avid swimmer in Ephrata and a dedicated Mariner’s fan, attending several spring training seasons backed by an encyclopedic memory of all the players and their statistics.
She loved her cats, especially Chip, her Chartreux, and his sister, Dale, both of whom strayed into her life like a lot of her pets (and her errant husband). And, she was the “mother” of nine feral cats even insisting that Howard build “Betty’s Cat House” and several carpet-lined containers around the house to keep the wild cats warm in the winter along with daily feedings year-round.
For the last few years, most every Friday, Betty and Howard would be at Don’s in Soap Lake enjoying Greek lunch until the cancer made it just too difficult. Even her weekly chemotherapy over the past year became an outing where she charmed and cajoled the nurses at Wenatchee Valley Clinic and then relaxed over a meal with Howard and Kevin after her treatments.
The church in Moses Lake was an important part of her life and very dear to her. She had accepted the Lord as her personal Savior at an early age. Most every Tuesday evening, her home was filled with song and joyous prayer as many met for several hours to praise the Lord.
Betty is survived by her husband Howard; her sons, Kevin and Joel; her granddaughters, Heather Randolph, a senior at UCLA and Lyndsay Randolph at Mesa Junior College in San Diego; her sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie (McLain) and George Hensley; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Martha and Bill Doubt; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many socially adopted grandchildren.
Frank Barrett Leahy (1895 - 1955)
Valley View Memorial Park
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Record added: Feb 24, 2006
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