Keith & Keith Funeral Home
Betty June Foster was born to Reverend Edward Westerfield and Grace Winfrey Westerfield in Lee’s Summit, Missouri on February 17, 1931. On December 25, 2021, she left this world for a better home from afar, to dwell forever with her Lord and Savior , Jesus Christ, and a multitude of family, friends and new acquaintances. Oh yes, the Holy Angels will be there by the millions!
Betty moved to Yakima, WA with her family when she was a teenager. After high school, she attended Bible college in Canada where she met Glen Reimer. The two were married and pastors of two different churches. They eventually settled in Zillah, WA, and the marriage dissolved after the birth of their third child.
As a strong Christian, Betty viewed her three children as the mission field God had given her and she strove to nurture them in the education and exhortation of the Lord. Over the years, God has been faithful and provided her with stable employment in the Zillah School District office where she worked for 22 years. She faithfully attended the Assembly of God Church in Zillah until her move to Union Gap, WA, when she began attending the Yakima Central Assembly.
Over the years, Betty has engaged in many hobbies including puzzles, reading, making her own greeting cards, and jewelry making. For many years, she met several Zillah ladies for a weekly Skip-Bo party. And of course, there were the multiple shopping sprees with her sister Joyce.
In 2015, God blessed her with a wonderful companion when she and Don F. Foster married on June 6 of the same year. The two were able to travel with Don’s children to Hawaii and to several locations in Oregon, Washington and California. In September 2016, Betty suffered a major stroke and although she recovered more than doctors thought, she never recovered her speech. Despite the stroke that robbed her of her ability to communicate fully, she was still able to sing praises to her Savior and each morning after devotions, she and Don sang a choir or hymn. She also never lost her deep love and desire to take care of her children and grandchildren. With effort she was able to say the words “I love you” and several times, pointing and using the few words she could say, she reminded them to pick up something or wear their coats because ‘it was cold.
Over the years her ability to move around became more limited, but she was able to live at home with Don as a full-time caregiver. In January of last year, she and Don were able to move to Terrace Heights, WA to be closer to Don’s son and daughter-in-law, who were instrumental in supporting Betty.
It is fitting that Betty entered Heaven on Christmas Day as she has always found such joy in celebrating the birth of her Savior. She will be missed but let us rejoice that she is now healed and able to express herself fully. Betty is predeceased by her parents, the Reverend Ed and Grace Westerfield, her sisters Mary and Phoebe Westerfield and her brothers Delmer, David and Daniel Westerfield. She is survived by her husband the Reverend Don F. Foster, her children Carrie (Matt) Hanson, Jonathon (Laura) Reimer, Connie (Stephen) Malcolm, her stepchildren the Reverend Don W. (Yvonne) Foster, Dianne ( Dan) Fergus, and Danny (Janet) Foster, six grandchildren, ten step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren, his sister Joyce Maxey, his brother-in-law the Reverend Jim Maxey and his sister-in-law Fay (David) Westerfield.
There will be a visitation hour on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Keith and Keith Funeral Home, 902 W. Yakima Ave., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday January 11 at the Central Assembly of God in Yakima. An incarceration service will follow at Terrace Height Memorial Park.