Betty Mae Swallows

Betty Mae Swallows, 81, resident of St. Maries, Idaho, died December 10, 2019 at Valley Vista Care. She was born to Elmer and Gertrude (Adams) Simons January 5, 1938 in Genesee, Idaho. As a young girl, Betty’s family moved out to the Benewah Valley. She attended school in Plummer and graduated from Plummer High School with the class of 1955.

Following high school, Betty and her best friend Helen Place moved to Spokane, Wash. and attended training to become CNAs at Sacred Heart. Through their life-long friends Ken and Helen, Betty met Bob Swallows and quickly fell in love. They married on November 29, 1958 in Spokane. Bob was in the Air Force and was stationed all across the continental United States, and Betty traveled with him. Originally stationed out of Spokane, the couple returned home where Betty was a homemaker.

In 1980 the Swallows family moved to St. Maries. Bob was retired from the Air Force, so he and Betty managed the bowling alley. She ran the restaurant, and he provided the maintenance. She also worked at Sears in St. Maries. In 1996 the couple officially retired.

Betty enjoyed bowling, gardening and crochet. Over her life she had made many beautiful blankets. She also enjoyed getting together with friends and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  

Betty is survived by her children Steve (Laurie) Swallows of Green Valley, Ariz., Douglas (Terri) Swallows of Long Beach, Wash., and Keith (Nichole) Swallows of St. Maries. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bob Swallows, Sister Peggy Haeg and brother Edgar Simons.

A graveside service was Monday December 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery with a gathering of family and friends following at the John Denny Building in the Benewah County Fairgrounds. Please visit her online memorial at

In lieu of flowers or gifts the family would like donations in Betty’s name to go to any hospice house.