Bette Ann (Cedar) Gaffney
Bette Ann (Ceder) Gaffney 77 of Spokane left this earth to her heavenly home on January 17, 2020, after a long battle with health issues. She passed in comfort, surrounded by her loving family.
Bette was born in Spokane on August 8, 1942. She was the only child of Ollie and Mable Ceder. She loved her parent’s dearly and had a very special bond with her State Patrolman father “Bubs”, who she unfortunately lost when she was only 12 years old.
Bette grew up in Spokane and graduated in 1960 from Shadle Park High School. She was a member of the first 3-year graduating class of Shadle. It was her class who came up with the “Highlanders” moniker and they started many of the traditions that are still utilized today.
Bette enjoyed her college experience at EWU and all the joys that came with college life. She had a diverse working career at The Cresent, Bernard’s and the Triple X (drive in, where she met her husband) then went on to work for ONB Bank, Skaggs, ARC of Spokane, the Hedge House and Moon’s.
In 1964 she married Patrick Gaffney and had four beautiful children together over the next eight years. From the day she first became a mother until the day she left us, Bette’s kids were a priority and everything to her. Family and friends always meant the world to her, and she was happy to let you know it.
Bette “Boop” was full of life and fun, or as she would say “piss & vinegar”. Always a character, and the life of the party. It wasn’t unusual for her to be involved in pulling someone’s leg or telling a good joke. Her keen and varied sense of humor made her a joy to be around.
Although she loved to have fun, there was also a very kind and caring side to Bette. Whether it was family, friend or just someone who needed a hand or a listening ear – she would be there for you, ready to help in any way she could. Bette was old school in the belief that you helped your fellow man, a quality she believed, that more of us should have.
Bette is survived by her four children – Cary Gaffney (Angela), Sandra Peden (Cary), Jeannie Landry (Pete), Patricia Dotson (Patrick), grandchildren Trevor (Alia), Cameron (Jessica), Ryan (Melayna), Lindsey (Nathan), Valerie and Elizabeth. Great grandchildren Jason and Connor, and many dear friends.
A memorial service in her memory will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Fellowship Church of God, 2102 E. Everett Spokane, WA, 99207 at 1:00 p.m. There will be a reception following the service.