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Bessie ‘Betty’ Flathers

Bessie “Betty” Ella Flathers passed way June 28, 2005, surrounded by her family at her home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Born Jan. 18, 1925, in Mulberry, Kansas, Betty grew up on a farm in Kansas City, Mo., with her parents, Alma and Ace Carpenter, and eight brothers and sisters. Her father was a coal miner and her mother took care of the children. Betty was a professional chorus dancer and also a welder on battleships during World War II. She met her husband, James Raymond Flathers, at a dance-a-thon. He was also a dancer and a fireman. In 1961 Betty moved with her husband and four children to South Lake Tahoe, where she worked as a Keno writer at Harvey’s Wagon Wheel. She then moved to Coeur d’Alene, where she spent the last four years of her life.

She enjoyed dancing, bingo, poker machines, sewing, her glass of iced tea, and most of all, her family. Betty was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all. She was a very special woman who always put others before herself. Betty was the glue, the rock, the pillow and the giver of love, which made her the most magnificent person that she was. She believed strongly in God the father, Jesus the son, and the Holy Spirit. Her life was a gift to everyone. Betty will be missed more than words can express. She was very special and everyone who knew her had their own unconditional personal relationship with her. She was an angel of love and a most loved and extraordinary woman.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda Banducci of South Lake Tahoe and Pamela Saunders and Rose Preece, both of Coeur d’Alene; sons-in-law, Brian, Monte and Jim; seven brothers and sisters; three half brothers and two half sisters; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James; son, Jimmy; and brothers, Chuck and Freddy.

A celebration of her life was held in an intimate setting with her family and was presided over by her grandson, Brant D. Colston of Carson City, Nev.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to her favorite pastor, Dave Iverson and his wife, Sharon, at Prayer Mountain Church, 1085 Smith Way, Folsom, CA 95630.


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