Betty was born in Kenmare, North Dakota, the youngest of 7 children. The darling of the family, Betty was quite precocious. During the World War II era, the Modin family moved to the Seattle area to find work and settled there permanently. Betty graduated from West Seattle High School. After the war, on a blind date, she met and was swept off her feet by Earl James Brunette. In 1949 they married and in 1952, the family moved to their Maple Valley home where they raised five children. Early family life was quite busy with five young children born within the first 6 years of their marriage. Betty always made time to support her family, no matter what their endeavor. She was inspired by the joys of life and maintained a positive outlook no matter the circumstances. Betty had an unforgettable smile and laughter that was always present in our home, even when times were tough.
Betty and Earl loved nature and the outdoors and instilled that in their family. Betty loved family, her grandchildren, camping, fishing, gardening, baking cakes, always with a strong faith in God. She attended St. Barbara’s Catholic church in Black Diamond for over 50 years and when time permitted, Betty baked cakes for many of the celebrations and weddings associated with the church. She attended St. Barbara’s even after she could no longer drive.
In the last several years of life, Betty experienced dementia. While physically she looked the same, her spirit and outlook were forever changed. The family supported her by honoring her wish to stay at home, even though there were hardships and sacrifices involved. We believe that Mom appreciated the family’s effort, giving back that which she gave to us so generously.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Claire Modin, her sister, Claribel, her brothers, James, Russell, Clement, Marvel and Daryl Modin. She was also preceded in death by her late husband of 60 years, Earl James Brunette, and her son, Earl Brunette Jr. She is survived by her son Bruce (Cora), Steven (Karen), Marsha Hill (Ray) and Larry Brunette, 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Betty’s celebration of life will be held on 11:00 AM, September 14, 2019, at St. Barbara’s Church in Black Diamond, Washington.