Our beautiful mother, sister, daughter and friend took her last few breaths on August 1, 2019 @1:45pm, in Richland, Washington after a long battle with Leukemia. Betty was a resident of Prosser, Washington, graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1967 and a long time resident of the Lower Yakima Valley..
Betty spent much of her working career working in administrative and bookkeeping positions and was a dairy milk tester for several years before getting her education to be a nail technician. She was an active member of the PTA during our elementary years. Her and her friends played a pivotal role in helping children in our community by rallying local community members to assist with the purchase of textbooks so each child could have a textbook of their own to help them be successful. Betty was an active member of the Prosser Senior Center, where she played weekly rounds of pinochle and bingo when she felt well enough. She was a talented artist and enjoyed working with glass art especially. Betty was an avid angler, gardener, metal detector hound and a lover of all things outdoors since she was a child.
Mom was a friend to all and displayed unconditional love to everyone she knew. She was always incredibly humble and shed many tears of gratitude for all those who shared their love and support for her. She was incredibly courageous yet kindly fierce to a fault. Her, and her legacy of light, will live on through all of us and all those she touched.
The words below emanated from her and her actions throughout her lifetime.
"Keep your anger from becoming meanness. Keep your sorrow from collapsing into self-pity. Keep your heart soft enough to keep breaking. Keep your anger towards justice, not cruelty. Remember that all of this, every bit of it, is for love. Keep yourself fiercely kind. This is what this life is about."
Betty's legacy will live on through all of us as we move into our own acceptance of how our reality has been forever changed by her life and absence.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Aaron Neiffer and Evelyn Neiffer and her oldest son,Tony Sinner. She is survived by her three children, Bryan Sinner (& Gary Armitage), Mathew Sinner (& Karen Catterall), Michelle Sinner (& K.T. O'Neal) and all those who have been holding her up near and far.
A Celebration of Life Memorial will be on Saturday, August 17, 2019 @ 2pm at the Best Western Prosser located at 259 Merlot Dr, Prosser, WA 99350.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up through Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Those wishing to sign Betty’s online memorial may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements.