Betty Harriett (Nelson) Coulter

Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Longtime North Kenai and Kenai resident Betty Harriett (Nelson) Coulter died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

At her request, no services will be held.

Betty Harriett (Nelson) Coulter was born April 3, 1931, to Harry W. and Nannie V. (Flowers) Nelson in Williston, N.D. She was the seventh child of the homesteading family.

In 1951 she met and married Gene Coulter. After nine years of Air Force service in Oregon, California, the Philippines and Massachusetts, the family moved to Elmendorf Air Force Base in 1959. He retired in 1962. In June 1965 Betty and her family moved to a homestead above Boulder Point, north of Kenai. She went to work for Galen Gray at the old Tanglewood Grocery store and filling station in May of 1966. Betty then worked for Harry and Rosella Drew in November 1966 and for Burton Carver as a school bus driver in April 1967. She worked all three of these jobs to provide for her family.

"Betty had many other jobs in the local area including M & M Bi-LO, Nikiski Post Office and the Light House Inn. In 1973, she became the first woman expediter for Universal Services. In 1976, she transferred to their Anchorage office and later to the Prudhoe Base Camp as a maid," her family said. "In 1981 Betty went to work for the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union as a teller where she retired in 1985 so the she could bring her handicapped son, Paul back to the Kenai area. In 1996 Betty and Paul bought a home together in Kenai so they could live out their lives at home together. This brought great comfort and companionship for both of them."

Ms. Coulter was preceded in death by her parents; son, Paul S. Coulter; and brothers, Walter, Francis and James Nelson.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane J. Mansfield and her husband, Ron; grandchild, Christine Mansfield of Massachusetts ; sisters, Thelma M. Boyce of Tularosa, N.M., Evelyn E. Zwanziger of Orange, Iowa, Rachel Farmer of Waterloo, Iowa and Jo A. Hunemuller of Dysort, Iowa; sister-in-law, Thelma Nelson of Eagle River; nephews, Glade, Brian and Todd Nelson and their wives and families of Alaska; many nieces and nephews all over the Lower 48.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Betty to The Alaska USA Federal Credit Union Bank account No. 1454824.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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