Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Betty Jean Washer

Allentown, NY - Betty Jean Washer, 74, of 6152 Drum Road passed away on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born November 5, 1936 in Olean the daughter of Lewis and Bethman (Weidner) Vaughn. On February 1, 1973 in Wellsville she married Wilfred Washer Jr. who predeceased her on August 14, 1998.

Betty was raised in Allentown by Pete and Jessie Wilson, and was a graduate of Mount Diablo High School in Concord, California. She attended Southwestern University in Chula Vista, CA. She was employed as a nurse's aid in Concord, CA 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 #192 in Belmont, The Genesee Valley Chorus, the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and was president of CSCA at Scio Central School.

Betty is survived by 2 sons: Charles A. Thompson Jr. of Allentown, Kevin D. (Arla) Thompson of Powhatan, VA, 3 stepsons: Luther (Sharon) Washer of Allentown, Michael (Becky) Washer of Ellington, NY, Joseph Washer of Hornell, 5 grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 1 brother: Robert (Rose) Bixby of Fayetteville, NC, 1 sister: Sandra (Thomas) Smith of Concord, NC, 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 1 son: Kevin Patrick Thompson in 1955 and 1 grandson: Dustin Washer in 1997.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 11:00 am in the Allentown United Methodist Church with Pastor Vickie Hedlund presiding. Burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Portville, NY. Memorial suggestions include the Dustin Washer Memorial Scholarship c/o Scio Central School or the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. I am sad to hear of Betty Jean's passing but am rejoicing that she is now whole and with her beloved Lord Jesus. I was truly blessed to be able to minister to her during my tenure as Chaplain at the Manor home and to visit her from time to time in her home. Chuck and family are all in my prayers. Pastor Dick Helms.

  2. Andover Haunted HouseFebruary 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Lou & Sharon sorry to hear of your loss. We miss her so much at the Haunted House as she was a big part and always put a smile on everyone face. Our thought and prayers are with you.

    Your friends from the Andover Haunted House.

  3. Virgil, Aleta(Hardy),Robin,Amanda TenneyFebruary 25, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    We are sad to hear of Betty Jean's passing. I road her bus for a good many years while a student at SCS. She fought a hard fight. Our prayers go out to her family.Sorry Jeanie that you too had to put up with the battle that can't yet be won.

  4. Kevin,Chuck,and family,I am so sorry for your(our) loss,as much as we wanted Her to go home,all of us here will miss her.She was a great friend to all,never to busy or ill to listen to our troubles,and you always knew she really cared.We had a lot of laughs together.I'm glad She's at peace.God bless and comfort all of you,my prayers are with you. RobinLee Putnam,LPN south unit

  5. Don and Lil Pye and FamilyFebruary 26, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Dear Chuck , Kevin and family , When the Lord calls our loved ones home , he leaves a gift of memories in exchange . Just hold on those memories and let them guide you during this time of sadness .
    Wishing you and your family strength and peace .