Celebration of life Saturday for Betty June Rinaldo MacWatters

Family and friends will gather this Saturday in West Seattle to remember Betty June Rinaldo MacWatters, gone at 82:

Betty MacWatters was called home to God on Monday, December 24, 2012 at Manor Care Residence in Tacoma.

Born on January 30, 1930 in Seattle to Dorothy (Kegler) and Del Rinaldo. Her husband Lester MacWatters, son Del MacWatters, and daughter Colleen Vineyard preceded Betty in death. She is survived by daughters Sue Rhoads, Linda (Will) Schneider, and Kathy Estabrook. She was loved and adored by her 13 grandchildren,18 great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Betty loved to celebrate family holidays and everyday affairs. She was most at home in the kitchen, cooking her signature pasta and sharing her life through food, music, and stories. She was passionate about expressing her joie de vivre through her colorful ensembles and jewels. She also enjoyed the outdoors, particularly her garden and backyard birds, where she drew inspiration for her landscape paintings and poetry.

Betty was a lifelong resident of West Seattle and a well-known figure in the Junction community, where many knew her as Grandma Betty. She enjoyed her volunteer work at the Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop and all the children she had the privilege of caring for in her 40 years as a day-care-center owner on Southern Street.

Betty’s life and legacy will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at West Seattle Christian Church, 4400 42nd Avenue SW.

9 Replies to "Celebration of life Saturday for Betty June Rinaldo MacWatters"

  • Angela Quarterman January 10, 2013 (7:25 pm)

    This is my aunt/mom .My life will never be the same without you my heart is forever broken.I love you and miss you every time I see a seagull I will think of you . God bless you Betty I hope you know how very much you meant to me .

  • Gail swart January 10, 2013 (8:18 pm)

    So sorry to hear about your Aunt Betty. I know how much she will be missed by your family

  • brentut5 January 11, 2013 (1:09 pm)

    Betty meant so much to everyone she touched. My son went to her daycare for 4 years and we both just adored her. Bless Betty and all her family.

  • Gina Lovell January 11, 2013 (1:30 pm)

    I love you very much Grandma and you will forever my in my heart! We have some wonderful memories and every time I have coffee on the back deck listening to the birds or see a seagull I will think of you. You brought so much joy to so many people and I am so glad you were my grandma.

  • Lisa Damgaard January 11, 2013 (1:30 pm)

    Grandma, I’m so blessed to have been able to spend your last days with you. I loved sitting with you holding hands and watching christmas movies. You were so beautiful. I love you so much and miss you dearly. xoxoxo
    ~ Lisa Damgaard, Enumclaw, Washington

  • Linda Schneider January 13, 2013 (7:21 pm)

    MaMa, I said goodbye to you yesterday at your service it was the hardest thing I had to do in my life. It was such a beautiful service I know you were watching over us.I can’t say enough what a beautiful mother you were to me.Thank you for every thing I was blessed to learn from you.MaMa we had so many things we loved to do together our bird watching,planting our flowers all our lunches and dinners out enjoying our love of food we had exotic taste buds didn’t we.Even though we didn’t live close we always made the best of our time together.Our chit chats everyday we enjoyed our talks together.I have so many memories MaMa you are my angel.I will miss you so much but I know your right beside me always.I Love You Love You Love You Your Loving Daughter Linda xoxoxoxo xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  • Kellie Mann January 14, 2013 (7:55 am)

    Grandma Betty,

    You had the best sleepover’s,and I alway’s enjoyed them with all of my cousin’s….If It weren’t for you I wouldn’t of had a wonderful Uncle Del…Your Son like a second Dad too me…and my wonderful cousin’s…Gina Lisa and Krissi all like sister’s too me as well…My wonderful Aunt Ida like a mom/sister/bestfriend…
    Our Aunt Sue…your daughter….Wow!!!!
    I really do thank God for you All and I’m sorry to hear it if you had too suffer..
    But Please say, “Hi”… too Everyone up in Heaven that we love and miss….Life hasn’t been the same without them…come too think of it!!!!
    We were a very close nit family…and a lot of that was driven by Our Grandma Rhoad’s,Uncle Del, and Uncle Harold- We will never forget that!!!!
    With All My Love Kellie…

  • Rhonda Pagan January 15, 2013 (4:58 pm)

    My beautiful Grandma Betty,

    I am so blessed and lucky to have had such a loving grandma and to have been able to take care of you the last years of you life. By doing that I was able to get to know the beautiful women you are. You have taught me so many things and have truly taught me the true meaning of loving unconditionally. I thank you so much for showing me how to cook your master pieces and to be able to take nothing and make something so wonderful. We sure made life so fun weather it be watching the travel and cooking channels and pretending we were in Italy or Spain or what ever country they were in at the time or when we were planting your garden of flowers and seeing the smile on your face because you were so happy. Also, I loved watching with you and my Mom your Cowboy’s on the western channel and all our fun visits when Linda would come down. So many wonderful memories. I am so glad my kids were able to be a big part of your life and to get to know you the way I see you that beautiful, loving, giving person you are. I miss you so much. You will always be in my heart and I know that you will live on in all the wonderful memories we shared. God Bless you! Love you forever and ever. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox



  • Rhonda Pagan January 15, 2013 (8:47 pm)


    I wanted to continue from my post that the most special memories we had were all the times Ryan and his family would come over and we would have our pancake breakfast’s, making homemade pasta from scratch together and all the wonderful dinners and celebrations we all had together. Thank You for all the good times.

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