Web posted Thursday, April 4, 2002

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Elizabeth Mary "Betty" Raap

Elizabeth Mary "Betty" Raap


Elizabeth Mary "Betty" Raap, 80, died Easter Sunday, March 31, at home of natural causes. There will be a private scattering of ashes near Homer on a high meadow overlooking Cook Inlet on Sunday, April 7 at sunset.

Betty Raap was born Dec 11, 1921 to Frank and Maud Jones in Napa, Calif. After high school she worked in real estate and the food and beverage industry. In 1969 she moved to Alaska with her husband, Bud Raap.

From 1969 to 1971 Raap tended bar at the Shelikof Lodge in Kodiak. From 1975 to 1977 Bud and Betty Raap worked at the Lamplighter Inn and Sheffield House in Valdez. In 1980 they moved to Anchorage, where they managed The Fountains apartments. Mrs. Raap and her husband retired in Palmer in 1981 and moved to Homer in 1996 to be near family.

Raap loved cats, reading, growing plants, gourmet cooking, classic movies, big band music and soft jazz.

Her family said, "As Mom had wished, she passed away at home on Easter morning with family members and her beloved cat, Sophie, at her side. A California girl in her youth, Betty fell in love with Alaska on a trip north to visit her son, Jon, in Kodiak in 1969. She and her husband, Bud Raap, then moved to Alaska where they lived and worked in Kodiak, Valdez, Anchorage, Palmer and finally Homer. Her pride and joy were her two sons, Paul Thompson and Jon Osgood. Betty had a ready smile for everyone and will be remembered as a beautiful, elegant and gracious woman, a beloved wife, mother, friend and child of God."

Raap was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Maud Jones, two brothers, Dorman and Vernon Jones and her husband of over 30 years, Bud Raap.

Survivors include her son, Paul Thompson and his partner, Linda Ellwood of Lake Tahoe, Calif. and her son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Nelda Osgood of Homer, Alaska.

Memorial donations may be made to Homer Animal Friends, P.O. Box 2300, Homer, Alaska 99603.

Arrangements were by Homer Funeral Home.