Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Betty Jo (Crafton) Allsop

Betty Jo (Crafton) Allsop passed away peacefully at the Hospice House in Bellingham, Wash., on May 27, 2012. This was two months after her 90th birthday when the entire family gathered around from as far away as Brazil to celebrate her long and wonderful life. 

Betty was born in Pocatello, Idaho, and met her husband, Ivor "Buss" Allsop in Sun Valley, Idaho in 1936, where she was among the first employees of the Sun Valley Resort.  Betty and Ivor loved skiing and raised their three sons to be ski racers. Betty became an accomplished dancer in her youth and opened the Bettina School of Dance in Bellingham, which she operated for more than 25 years. She helped Ivor start Allsop Inc. in 1964 by making Boot-ins in their garage at Lake Whatcom. She was the greatest supporter of the products the company turned out for the next 48 years, culminating in her efforts to install Allsop outdoor solar lanterns at Spring Creek Retirement Center.

Betty's greatest gift was her love of others. She made many friends throughout her life and she valued those friendships greatly. She adored her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren and was always interested in what they were doing.  Betty will be greatly missed by her family.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Ivor Jon Allsop; her second husband, Howard Nachtrieb; her mother, Gladys Johnson; her father, Joseph Travis Crafton; her stepfather, Jack Johnson; her brother, Robert Crafton; her stepbrother, James E. Johnson; and her grandson Brett Allsop.

Betty is survived by her three sons, Jon (Mary), Mike (Maya) and Jim (Darcy); her grandchildren, Ivor, Jensen, Ryan (Tina), Jamey Greene (Adam), Skye (Tori); and seven great-grandchildren, Riley, Aspen, Kehr, Emma, James Thomas, Anja Greene and Oliver; Howard's son, Han Nachtrieb (Shawn) and their son, William; and many loving relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to either Whatcom Hospice House or PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation at 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday, June 15 at 2 p.m. followed by a reception in the Great Hall. You may view photos of Betty's life and share memories with the family at

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