Betty Lou Westergreen, of Moscow, was called back to heaven Saturday, June 15, 2019. She passed in her sleep at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She was 91.

Betty was born April 5, 1928, in Ferdinand, Idaho, to Conrad and Helen Behler Mengelkamp. The family moved to Moscow when she was very young. She had many fond memories of growing up on her family’s farm, along with her five siblings. She attended Moscow schools, graduating from Moscow High School.

In her teen years, Betty met a charming young man on the school bus, Leonard A. Westergreen. They were later married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow on Feb. 10, 1948. The couple made their home in Moscow, where they raised two sons, Jay and Leo.

Betty was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening and traveling usually alongside Leonard, seeing the world and visiting family. They were also part of the Northwest Traveler’s chapter of The Good Sam’s RV Club. Betty would regularly join her sisters and nieces on the fun bus to Winnemucca.

What Betty loved most of all was her family. She was very close and involved in her nieces’ and nephews’ lives. Betty embodied the love of Christ, as she was so very generous and considerate, always willing to give love and support to anyone in need.

She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 40 years, Leonard, son Jay, daughter-in-law Nancy, as well as a sister, Jean Stokes and a brother, Joe Mengelkamp. Surviving are her son Leo and his wife Johnnie Westergreen, of Everett, Wash., 11 grandchildren: Aram (Angela), Ashlynn (Kyle), Amberly (Levi), Justin, Jordan, Austin, Camden, Gunnar, Isabella, Maddox, Zane; three great-grandchildren: Nash, Nova and a baby arriving this summer; brother Jim Mengelkamp, of Moscow, and sisters Viola Love, of Spokane, and Helen Sacht, of Boise, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m Monday, June 24 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow. Burial will follow at the Moscow Cemetery, and a luncheon will be served at St. Mary’s Family Center afterward.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Moscow Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

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