Betty Whitehead Obituary, Death Cause – Betty Jean Whitehead was the head. Wenatchee, WA – On May 2, 2023, Betty Jean Whitehead, who was born on January 24, 1931, died away in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by her family. Betty’s parents, Elmer Jacob and Hazel Lucas Agnew, as well as her older siblings Mary Lou, John, Helen, and Ruth Eileen, as well as her first husband, Bobbie E. Lamma, her second husband, John H. Whitehead, and her only child, Monica Susan Lamma, all passed away before she did.
Surviving family members include her granddaughter Althea Gyde, her grandson-in-law James Gyde IV, her great-grandchildren Wesley Adcock, Lillian Gyde, Kathryn Gyde, and James Gyde V, as well as her longtime companion and dear friend Bill Meyer, with whom she had spent the past thirty-two years. Betty’s life was packed with a lot of amazing opportunities and adventures. She had a passion for adventure and the great outdoors.
Canoeing, camping, fishing, rock searching (especially for geodes), swimming, scuba diving, and bicycling were all activities that Betty enjoyed doing. She was an outstanding seamstress, a jack of all trades when it came to home improvement projects, and a self-taught whiz on the internet. Line dancing, roller coasters, roller skates, water slides, aircraft journeys, road trips, and gardening were some of the activities that Betty showed her granddaughter for the first time.
After completing the Master Gardener program, Betty and Bill took a trip to Europe on a Master Gardener tour that lasted for 10 days. While there, they visited some of the most stunning gardens in the entire world. Betty received her diploma from Illinois College in 1971, and the following year, she began working for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Betty worked as an investigator for cases of child abuse and neglect.