Dorothy (Betty) Perry, 74, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at home surrounded by family.
She was born on July 27, 1936 in Sunnyside to Fred and Frances Anderson.
Betty grew up on a farm in Sunnyside, where she became the first Miss Sunnyside. After high school, she went to WSU, where she met the love of her life, Max Perry.
"Going on a date with him was the greatest, smartest thing I ever did," she said. They were married on Sept. 12, 1951. In 1960 they moved to Bellingham, to buy Fountain Veterinary Hospital, where she became the full-time bookkeeper.
Betty fulfilled her hopes and dreams, when she and Max adopted their four children, she said, "They didn't grow under my heart, but in it."
In 1974 they built their beautiful home, "Jodalito Ranch," which has always been open to everyone.
Betty dedicated her life to her family, church and friends and made God the center of her life.
She also enjoyed teaching Sunday school, cooking, sewing and gardening. While known for her creativity, Betty was most comfortable being "behind the scenes."
She was a great inspiration, known for her open arms and open heart. A woman of incredible beauty and grace, Betty always put others before herself. Her family likes to think they have their own personal angel up in heaven now, especially since her life was dedicated to God and touching others' lives.
She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Dr. Max Perry; four children, Jody (Bill) Hoff, Dan (Wei Wei) Perry, Linda Perry and Todd (Lisa) Perry; foster-son, Nathan (Hope) Klemann; 16 grandchildren, Lindsey, Jason, Michael, Johnny, Danny, Claire, Taylor, Madison, Tanner, Tarryn, Katie, Eryn, Michael, Aaron, Brandon and Sharee; great-grandchildren, Jasmine and Kasey; her brothers, Vernon and Larry Anderson; and sisters, Phyllis (Vic) Kaiser, Patty (Don) Durkee and Judy (John) Repp.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Freddie; and sister, Janice.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, April 24, 2011, at 3 p.m. at First Christian Church, 495 E. Bakerview Road in Bellingham. A celebration of Betty's life will follow at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Avenue, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to First Christian Church or to your favorite charity
Moles Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Ferndale is in charge of arrangements..