Betty Dennis Lepp June 11, 1926 – July 12, 2018
Betty Dennis Lepp, age 92, passed away Thursday July 12 at Regency on Whidbey Memory Care, Oak Harbor, WA. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, friend, neighbor, and caregiver. Please visit Wallin Funeral Home online guestbook to leave a message or share a memory (http://www.wallinfuneralhome.com/
A celebratory “Picnic in the Park” will be held on August 9 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Marina Park Pavilion in Kirkland, WA following a private burial in the Kirkland Cemetery. Memorial donations in memory to Betty can be made to Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation, WAIF, P.O. Box 1108, Coupeville, WA 98239 or online (www.waifanimals.org).
If you are unable to join us in Kirkland, “Not to worry, mes amis (my friends), please enjoy a picnic wherever you may be . . . Bon Appetit!”
Our mother entered Hospice Care shortly after Thanksgiving. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting, Denny, Pam, Bill and Susi.
Betty Dennis Lepp was born in Alberta Canada in 1926. She was “chosen” as her grandmother told her, by Floyd and Alma Dennis to become part of their family when she was still an infant. Betty lived throughout western Canada during her childhood. After High School she was accepted into the Saint Paul’s Nursing program in Vancouver. Betty, feisty, beautiful and fun, had her share of adventures along the way to graduation. She eventually realized nursing was her true passion, buckled down, and remains dedicated to nursing even to this day! In her professional role as an RN she worked in the maternity ward and surgery before being hired by Canadian Pacific Airlines. When the Korean War started she volunteered to serve with the United Nations as a flight nurse. Betty was assigned to airlift soldiers into Korea to their duty stations and then care for the wounded on the return flight to Canada.
Betty married and started her family in Vancouver after her time with the United Nations. It was there that her first son, Dennis was born. After marrying her second husband, Pamela, William and Susan arrived and the family lived in Spokane, Washington. She picked up her nurses cap again working at a local hospital and also began a career as a fashion model. Betty has a knack for conversation and was given the opportunity to enter into the entertainment business in the early 1960’s. She quickly became a television personality hosting her own morning program called Telescope on KREM. Miss Betty Dennis interviewed high profile celebrities and political leaders such as Richard Nixon, Robert Kennedy and Tom Foley.
In the late 60’s Betty met and married the love of her life, Kenneth Lepp. Ken was a retired Air Force LT Colonel and VP of a French Aerospace Company. The family made a move across the country to Washington DC. Difficult at the time but has proven wonderfully beneficial for each of her children. Ken was promoted and offered a position in Paris, France and Betty embraced the chance for excitement and adventure. The couple eventually settled in the south of France and built a home close to Pyrenees Mountains in the Basque region. Ah, the good life! Wine and cheese!
Ken and Betty came back to the states and lived in Kirkland, Washington after 10 years in France. Following Ken’s death, Betty returned to work as an RN and started her own small business selling medical equipment for nursing home residents. She had a team of nurses working for her throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her successful company was sold in 1998 and Betty retired to a life full of family, friends, jazz festivals, cruises, and of course – wine and cheese!
Dennis, Pamela, William, and Susan - Betty’s children, have blessed her with 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren who all affectionately call her “Maga”. It is undeniable that Betty has a lasting impact everyone she meets. She is still feisty, beautiful, and fun. Throughout these years, Betty forged unbreakable bonds with people from all over the world (even other planets) and has created the greatest family ever!