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Beret Ann Ing

May 19, 1941 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Beret Ing Obituary

Beret Ann Ing: Born May 19, 1941, Petersburg, Alaska.

Parents: Lois Esther (Wanberg) Ing & William (Bill) Wesley Ing 

Beret always loved to travel. The first part of her childhood was traveling with her parents.  Her dad served in the Navy, as a training officer. Most of the travel was in the United States, her most memorable place was their time stationed in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.  

Post World War II, her family moved close to family in Grayland Washington and surrounding area; eventually settling in Burien, Washington, while her parents worked for Boeing. In her last two formative years her and her parents moved to Hoodsport, Washington, where she graduated from Shelton High School in 1959. She has many fond memories of adventures with her cousins, and the influences from her Grandma Carey, Grandparents Jessie & Joakim Wanberg and Aunt Jeanette & Uncle Stan, and many more. 

She attended business college, moved to Seattle into the work force, where he met her lifelong friend Darlene Merrill. She attended Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma for a short time. She met Fred Butts, and once again joined Military life, as he served in the Airforce, training in San Angelo, Texas and Indiana. Stationed in Misawa Japan AFB, they had daughter, Jennifer. While there, she met her longtime friend and fellow military wife Barbara Wills. After cycling out of the Military, they returned to the Seattle Area. Fred decided he wanted to go into Teaching and took a job in Kennewick, Washington at Kennewick High School. Beret enjoyed the early years being a homemaker, a few years later their son Tim joined the Family. She was active in Fruitland Elementary PTA, Girl Scout leadership, Local Vinyard Lanes Bowling League and many more organizations. Beret went to work at the Tri-City Herald, in Classified Advertising, through her career at the Tri-City Herald she took on the position of Lower Yakima Valley Regional Business Advertiser. There she met Ed Williams, settling in Sunnyside in 1985. She took on the role of clerking for Auctions, raising sheep, being involved in 4-H, and joined the local Sunnyside Bowling League. 

As time went on, she made a life choice to become a member of AA Alcoholic Anonymous; She stayed active with this group for many years. She believed that this organization helped her to redefine herself, gave her the steps to move on to a different path.  

Beret bought a home in Grandview and took on a new career at Heritage College. She served in many capacities, starting as a receptionist, and through the encouragement of family and friends, she went on to finish her college education, completing her degree at Heritage. She also joined MENSA International.  During her time at Heritage, her favorite position was the administrative assistant to the Dean of Students, Bertha Ortega; who became a wonderful friend and mentor. She was very proud of her time at Heritage College, as the College grew into a university.  

Throughout her life and into her retirement years she enjoyed traveling, a really good mystery book, her home, a good nap, music, dancing, sewing, knitting, flowers, pets and especially her Grandchildren. AKA... Grandma Cookie. She loved supporting them by babysitting and attending their different events.  

We wish to thank the staff and caregivers at Sun Terrace embracing who she was in later years, and  for the  caring support and patience for mom and her family, as we transitioned through the layers of the Alzheimer disease. Thank you to the Heart Link Hospice team for giving mom and her family the support and dignity in her final transition in life.  

Beret is survived by her family and friends: Daughter - Jennifer & Greg Wilson; Son - Tim & Heidi Faith; Grand Children – Jamison & Chelsea Wilson, Kelli Wilson & Nick Kinney, Hunter Faith, Parker Faith & Liberty Faith, Brother Tom Ing,  Neice Katherine Ing, Close Cousins: Karen & Harry Creviston, David & Sharon Anderson, Honorary Son: Dale & Sarah Bonson.  

There will be no formal funeral service. Those wishing to sign Beret's online memorial book may do so at   Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements. 

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