Elizabeth May “Bette” <I>Hughes</I> Alpaugh

Elizabeth May “Bette” Hughes Alpaugh

Birth
Blanchard, Skagit County, Washington, USA
Death 10 Feb 2011 (aged 93)
Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington, USA
Burial Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 179852571 · View Source
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The daughter of Alphia and Edward Hughes, Elizabeth (Bette to friends and family), was born on the Samish flats at Blanchard, WA in her grandfather's oyster shack at the Pearl Oyster Company (now Taylor Shellfish).

A lifelong Bellingham resident, Bette graduated from Whatcom High School in 1935. She met Leon, her husband of 72 years, as a student at Bellingham Normal School (now WWU). Bette and Leon were married in 1939 at South Bend, WA. After WWII they bought property on Sehome Hill and built the family home.

Bette enjoyed spending years as a Pink Lady volunteer at St. Luke's Hospital. She cherished her relationships with charities and organizations, The Daughters of the King, and The Aftermath Club. Bette truly loved the San Juan Islands where she spent her childhood summers at Blakely Island and later years at Shoal Bay on Lopez Island where Bette and Leo built a home on the homestead property.

She was preceded in life by her brother, Bill Hughes; sisters, Evelyn Hughes and Virginia Hughes Michaelson; and her niece, Julie Hughes Aydelotte.

Bette is survived by her dear husband, Leon Alpaugh; brother, Bob Hughes (Donnie); sister-in-law, Alene Tomich; nephews & nieces, Jeff Hayward-Hughes (Cathy), Steve Hughes (Leslie), Monty Hughes (Cindy), Jim Michaelson, John Michaelson (Sandy), Rob Michaelson (Karol), Susan Lindahl (Keith), Jennifer Lindahl, Stephanie Lindahl (Justin,) and Clark Lindahl; and many great-nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to St. Paul's Endowment Fund; 2117 Walnut St., Bellingham, WA 98225.

A Burial Eucharist will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Friday February 18th at 11 am, followed by a reception in the Great Hall.

Obituary from Westford Funeral Home, Bellingham, WA

Bio by: Barb


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  • Created by: Earl Reid
  • Added: 29 May 2017
  • Find a Grave Memorial 179852571
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth May “Bette” Hughes Alpaugh (6 Jun 1917–10 Feb 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 179852571, citing Saint Pauls Church Columbarium, Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Earl Reid (contributor 47586597) .