Posted: Monday, February 14, 2000

Ethyl Mae Betit

Juneau resident Ethyl Mae (LeTourneau) Betit died Feb. 10, 2000, surrounded by her family at the home of her son in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was 75.

She was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Detroit, Mich., to Louis N. LeTourneau and Hermine (Warneke) LeTourneau. She joined the Women's Army Corps on Feb. 28, 1945. By October 1945, she had already been promoted to sergeant at Fort Benning, Ga., when Infantry Lt. Joseph W. Betit arrived there from combat service in Europe. They were married June 5, 1946, in Nashville, Tenn.

She resigned from the service in June 1946. During her husband's 24-year career as an officer, the couple was stationed at posts in Japan, Canada, the Panama Canal Zone and the United States. Later they lived in Virginia, Vermont and Alaska where Joe held federal and state jobs.

Her family wrote that she always reflected fondly on the many friends she made in the many places she lived. They wrote her devotion to the church and her Christian faith were central in her life, and served as an inspiration to her family.

She is survived by her husband Joe, her children Joseph (Amy) Betit of Virginia, Rod (Ellen) of Utah, Raphael (Ana) of Juneau, Christina Betit-Deakins (Ray) of Virginia, Suzanne Betit-Talmadge (Bill) of Utah, Michele Betit of Anchorage, Marlene Betit-Lorden (Ken) of Vermont, 10 grandchildren and siblings George Letourneau of Arizona, Louis (Norma) LeTourneau of Michigan, Hermine (John) Walkden of Florida and Marion (Gib) Dawson of Arizona. She was preceded in death by her sister Helen Rilett.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Faith Lutheran Church in Juneau. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to Faith Lutheran School, 2500 Sunset Drive, Juneau, 99801.

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