Betty Jean Washer, 74, of 6152 Drum Road, passed away on Wednesday (Feb. 23, 2011) at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born Nov. 5, 1936, in Olean, the daughter of Lewis and Bethman (Weidner) Vaughn. On Feb. 1, 1973, in Wellsville, she married Wilfred Washer Jr., who predeceased her on Aug. 14, 1998.
Betty was raised in Allentown by Pete and Jessie Wilson and was a graduate of Mount Diablo High School in Concord, Calif. She attended Southwestern University in Chula Vista, Calif. She was employed as a nurse’s aide in Concord, Calif. and later at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was also employed for 31 years as bus driver for Scio Central School, retiring in 2003.
She was a member of the Allentown United Methodist Church, M. Eva Williams Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 192 in Belmont, The Genesee Valley Chorus and the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps and was president of CSCA at Scio Central School.
Betty is survived by two sons, Charles A. Thompson Jr. of Allentown, and Kevin D. (Arla) Thompson of Powhatan, Va.; three stepsons, Luther (Sharon) Washer of Allentown, Michael (Becky) Washer of Ellington, and Joseph Washer of Hornell; five grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Rose) Bixby of Fayetteville, N.C., one sister, Sandra (Thomas) Smith of Concord, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Sue (John) Hanbach of Allentown; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by one son, Kevin Patrick Thompson, in 1955, and one grandson: Dustin Washer, in 1997.
Friends are invited to call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (February 26, 2011) in the Allentown United Methodist Church with Pastor Vickie Hedlund presiding. Burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Portville. Memorial suggestions include the Dustin Washer Memorial Scholarship, c/o Scio Central School, or the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences,