Betty Walmer

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Juneau resident Betty Walmer, 86, died Nov. 25, 2002, in Juneau, after a prolonged illness.

She was born Mary Elizabeth Campbell on Feb. 11, 1916, to Alma and Glenn Campbell, in Mercer, N.D., the third of four children. Her family settled in Auburn, Wash., where she graduated from high school. She and Richard Walmer were married in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1938, where he was stationed with the U.S. Army. After Pearl Harbor she and her infant were evacuated from the islands, but she later rejoined her husband to support him throughout his military career in the United States and overseas.

When he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1956, they settled in Puyallup, Wash., where he commuted to Boeing for 16 years and her two daughters finished high school. After he retired from Boeing, the couple moved to Olalla, where they built a home. Her husband passed away in 1993, and Betty moved to Tacoma in 1997 and to Juneau in 2001.

She is survived by older brother George Campbell of Tacoma, Wash.; younger sister Doris Peterson of Puyallup; daughters Sharon Buchli of Deerfield, Wis., and Michelle Morrell of Juneau; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

At her wish, no services are being held. Instead of flowers, the family asks remembrances be sent to the American Cancer Society.

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