Elizabeth Anne (Youngs) Budworth, age 80, passed away peacefully in the early hours of December 19th with her loving husband, Ray, by her side, in her home at Brookdale Allenmore Assisted Living in Tacoma, Washington. Anne passed just four days before their 58th wedding anniversary.
Elizabeth Anne Youngs was born in 1939 to Curtis and Ruth (Sims) Youngs in Hillsboro, Oregon. Anne was the youngest of six siblings and moved many times during her childhood, graduating from Moorpark High School in 1957. After high school, Anne earned her certificate and worked as a Psychiatric Technician for the State of California for a few years.
Anne met her husband, William Raymond Budworth III, in 1961, and they married in San Francisco on December 23rd of that year. Ray also adopted Anne's son, David. After Ray returned to serve in the Air Force, Anne took on the role of military wife and mother. Ray IV was born soon thereafter when the couple was at Castle AFB in California. Robin came along 5 years later, just as Ray began his new station in Germany. Anne loved her time in Germany, making many lifelong friends and travelling throughout as much of Europe as possible.
In 1973, the family moved back to Spanaway, Washington, when Ray was stationed at McChord AFB, and for his remaining time in the Air Force. Anne began a 26-year career at Weyerhaeuser in 1973, starting in Word Processing, where she became a supervisor, then moving to the Analytical Chemistry group where she worked as an Accounts Manager until her retirement in 1999.
Anne and Ray moved to Surprise, Arizona in December 1999 where they enjoyed several years of sunshine and, for a few years, enjoyed David's family living close by following his own retirement from the Air Force. While in Surprise, Anne and Ray volunteered together at Luke AFB, in the Retiree Activities Office, and in the Legal Office.
In 2014, they moved back to Washington State, buying a home in Lacey, then moving to Brookdale Allenmore in 2016, after Anne suffered a brain aneurysm in January of that year. She battled valiantly to regain as much functionality as she could, but suffered many infections and hospitalizations related to the damage done by the aneurysm. In August 2019, she made the decision to go on Hospice care and enjoy her remaining days as much as possible.
Anne was devoted to everyone she considered family and so generous in sharing her love and talents. She was a gifted seamstress, sewing much of her family's clothing when her kids were young, and making many beautiful formal gowns for her daughter. She was skilled in other needle crafts including embroidery, cross-stitch and quilting. We are blessed with many beautiful pieces she's created. She took pride in her beautiful flower gardens and especially loved dahlias and carnations. She created a home that was always clean, warm and welcoming. If you crossed her threshold, you were thoroughly fed and cared for… there are way too many people to list that called Anne "Mom" over the years.
Anne shared her time generously, volunteering while in Spangdahlem for the American Red Cross and serving as a Cub Scouts Den Mother Coach. She poured countless hours of her time supporting her kids' activities in school and in DeMolay and Job's Daughters. Anne served in many adult leadership roles during that time, including as Guardian of Bethel #27, and as Sweetheart Advisor for Lakes Chapter, Order of DeMolay. She was also a member of Faith Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Parkland, Washington. Anne and Ray attended Calvary Chapel churches in Surprise, and in Olympia, where they were held in rapt attention by Pastor Jon Sanne
Anne is preceded in death by both parents and four of her siblings: Eugene Youngs, Gwenyth (Youngs) Cole, Courtney Youngs, and Robert Youngs.
Anne is survived by so many people who loved her: her loving husband Ray; her children and their spouses, David and Sherri Budworth of Austin, Texas, Ray and Doris Budworth of Puyallup, and Adam and Robin (Budworth Gomez) Lutze of Tacoma. Anne loved her grandchildren deeply and will be missed by all of them: Matthew Skellham, Ray Budworth V, Lucas Gomez, Danielle Budworth, Curtis Budworth and Samuel Lutze. She is also survived by her sister, Muriel (Youngs) Reimal of Strathmore, California, her sister-in-law Rose (Mack) Youngs, and her nieces and nephews: Chuck and Leonie Reimal, Bobby and and Elizabeth Reimal, Annette (Reimal) Willan, Rob and Brenda Youngs, Dennis and Ruth (Youngs) Lew, Richard and Lisa Youngs, Ross and Suzanne Youngs, Rex Youngs, Robert and Linda Holden, Neil and Sheryl Holden, and Donna (Holden) Etter, and numerous great nieces and nephews.
As Anne's family, we are so thankful for loving care and guidance of Franciscan Hospice, especially Anne's Hospice nurse Cassondra, and her social worker, Constance. We are also full of gratitude for the authentic love and support provided by all the caregivers at Brookdale Allenmore, with special thanks to Ingrid, Brianna, Lynn, Beth, Jacki, Robert, Paul, Logo, Lupe and Cora.
The Budworth family invites all those whose lives were touched by Anne to join us in a Celebration of Life on Thursday, February 20th at 10:00a.m., at Northwest Foursquare Church in Federal Way. A brief reception will follow, then Anne's family will proceed to Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent for graveside services.
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