In Memoriam: Betty Mueller, community organizer

Long-time Edmonds resident Betty Mueller peacefully passed away in her sleep in bed at her home on Caspers Street in the early morning hours of Dec. 4, 2013, at the age of 91.

Betty was active for many years as a community organizer and spokesperson for public opinion. She was widely known and well-loved by many Edmonds residents and current and former city employees. Many will miss her example of good sense and fearlessness.

She was born Betty Joyce Richards in Rolla, Missouri, the town known as β€œthe middle of everywhere,” on June 25, 1922. There she married Dr. James Mueller and moved to Seattle in 1948 and to Edmonds in 1950, where she lived until her death. Her son James predeceased her; she is survived by her three children, Betsy, John and Mike and seven grandchildren.

Friends may make memorial gifts to the Carol Rowe Memorial Food Bank at the Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St., Edmonds 98020; 425-778-5883,

  1. Betty was a lovely dedicated Edmonds pioneer who had wonderful opinions and ideas throughout the years. She truly loved Edmonds and her family. It is a blessing she died peacefully as that is how she made us all feel – peaceful and caring.

  2. I got to know Betty in 2003 when I started attending city council meetings in support of the opposition to Brightwater being placed at Point Edwards. She always gave great advice, and shared her bag of candy. Betty encouraged me to run for council in 2005. My first campaign sign was placed on her beautiful lawn and she addressed numerous envelopes for me. When I joined the council she frequently called to give me advice on different issues – never did she waste my time. Betty will undoubtedly be missed by many!

  3. Betty recruited/conscripted me into the former Edmonds Fire Safety Foundation shortly after I moved to Edmonds. She was a wonderful person and committed to the Edmonds Fire Department. She was somewhat of an activist, but had a heart of gold. I’m very sorry to hear of her passing.

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