Betty J McMahan (Selden), born April 22, 1954, passed away suddenly Jan. 5, 2019, at her residence in Kendrick. Before residing in Kendrick, she also lived in Seattle, Vashon Island, Danville and Bellingham, Wash.

Betty had a thirst for knowledge and a passion for all things interesting; whether it was helping her father in his restaurant or working as a sous-chef in a French restaurant, she was always looking for more. In everything that she did, she seemed to always find comfort in helping those around her, from volunteer firefighter and EMT to teaching after-school art. In 1988, she graduated from Western Washington University with the thought of helping others, in that she worked as a Director of ATVP (Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse) and helped to author Domestic Violence Legislation. Later, she enjoyed working as a backcountry ranger for the Forest Service.

Spending time in nature was truly where she was most happy; as she could find joy in the dew on a flower petal. Betty had an eye for beautiful things and was a collector of all things uniquely intriguing. She loved quilting and creating stunning works of art with glass or clay. She could cook an amazing meal without a recipe and always made time for a good book.

Betty was a sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother; she loved and was loved by family and friends from all walks of life. Our fond memories of her will always be treasured and she will be missed.

A community potluck dinner will be held in her honor at 3 p.m. April 20, 2019, at the Big Bear Ridge Community Hall, 2150 Highway 3, Kendrick.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short's Funeral Chapel and condolences may be left at

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