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Obituaries

Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2000

Ethel Mae Betit

Services for Ethel Mae (LeTourneau) Betit will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Faith Lutheran Church in Juneau. The obituary in Monday's Empire incorrectly stated the funeral would be Saturday.

The Juneau resident 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.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to Faith Lutheran School, 2500 Sunset Drive, Juneau, 99801.

Walter P. (Hautala) Holliday

Former Juneau resident and teacher Walter P. (Hautala) Holliday died Jan. 29, 2000, at his home in Auburn, Wash. He was 90.

He was born in 1909 in Brainerd, Minn., and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1933. While there he met Katherine Haines, who he married in 1935.

They moved to Juneau and he taught history and coached basketball at Juneau High School from 1935 to 1940.

They moved to Washington in 1940. He taught for a few years in Auburn and Federal Way, then went to work at Boeing as an aeronautical engineer. He retired from Boeing in 1974.

He is survived by his wife Katherine and daughter Kathy in Washington, sons Justin and David, his brother Elmer, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.



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