Former Juneau resident Betti Watson died Oct. 8, 2002, at the Ketchikan Pioneers' Home, where she lived for eight years.
She moved from Montana to Juneau with her family in 1966 and lived here until 1973, when they moved to Petersburg. She worked at the Glacier Valley Elementary School library and volunteered for various organizations.
Her family said that she loved to write, and she wrote for The Juneau Empire in the late '60s and early '70s. During the '80s, Alaska Magazine and the Ketchikan Daily News published her articles about her and her husband Jim's adventures. She was also an avid skier and hiker.
Watson is survived by sisters Mary Jane Mogavero of St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., and Gayle Llanes of Hialeah, Fla.; daughters Kerry Watson of Ketchikan, Pat Frantz of North Bend, Wash., and Becky Vinton of Nashua, Mont., nine grandchildren; her grandsons' mother, Donna Holt; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Oct. 9 at the Ketchikan Pioneers' Home. Donations can be sent in Watson's name to the Alzheimer's Association Alaska Chapter or to the Ketchikan Pioneers' Home Resident Council Fund.