Betty Joe (Craft) Lasley

June 17, 2014

By Contributor

Betty Joe (Craft) Lasley was born July 12, 1932, in Cody, Ky. She had three brothers, two sisters and three half-sisters.

Betty received her teaching certificate from a small trade college in Kentucky and taught in a one-room schoolhouse until entering the army, as a WAC, during the Korean War. She was stationed at Fort Lawton, in Seattle, where she met E. Earl Lasley. They were married in 1952 and remained together until Earl’s death in 1988.

Betty Joe (Craft) Lasley

Betty Joe (Craft) Lasley

As was the custom in 1952, Betty was honorably discharged from the military within two weeks of her marriage. Daughters Colleen and Jennifer were born in 1959 and 1961, respectively. The family was expanded when Jennifer married Timothy Krogh in 1988. Colleen, Jennifer and Tim all currently reside in Issaquah.

The Army trained Betty as a dental assistant, a career she continued, for 25 years, after leaving the military. In 1978, she decided to make a career change and went to work for the John Fluke Co., prepping parts for electronic assemblies until she retired in 1997.

For the last 13 years Betty lived in Issaquah. She loved to sit at the window and watch wildlife in the pasture. Her greatest thrill was spotting black bear walking through the pasture. She especially liked going out to eat and meet people. She enjoyed entertaining them with wild stories.

Betty loved her grand-dogs, especially when it came to giving treats. At one point in her life, she lived in North Carolina with Jennifer and Tim. While they were at work, Betty would wander around the property with the dogs; at the dogs’ request, she would turn logs over so they could look for frogs and bugs on the undersides.

As Betty had no grandchildren of her own, she especially liked “adopting” the children of people she knew. She loved her family and friends and will be greatly missed by all.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held Saturday, June 21. For full obituary and celebration details, friends are invited to share memories, view photos and sign the family’s online guestbook at

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