Willa Virginia Petty

Willa Petty has gone to that great garden in the sky. Willa passed away quietly on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007 in Kirkland, Wash.

She was born Willa Virginia Potter on June 20, 1920 in Bayard, Nebraska to Wilber Burdette Potter and Amanda Serini Potter. She was the last survivor of the seven Potter children. Willa graduated from Oroville High School in 1938 and in Nov. 1940 she married John Franklin Jorgensen in Oroville. They had two sons, Frank and John, before John passed away in Feb. of 1946.

In Nov. 1947 she married Milton Petty and added son, Don and daughter, Barbara to the family. They lived in Wenatchee for many years and later owned and ran Willa’s Garden Store in Kennewick until they retired to Anacortes, Woodinville and Mill Creek. After Milton passed away in 2001 Willa lived with her daughter Barbara and family in Bothell for six years.

Willa loved gardening and her family. She had a special talent for growing flowers and making floral arrangements. Wherever she lived, there were beautiful flowers and plants. She loved sharing her wisdom and gardening skills with her family and friends. She will be missed very much by her family and friends.

Willa is survived by her daughter Barbara (Randy) Greenfield of Bothell, Wash.; sons Frank (Ursula) Jorgensen of Snohomish, Wash., John (Pat) Jorgensen of Brier, Wash. and Don (Retha) Petty of East Wenatchee, Wash.; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2007 at Bothell Funeral Home with a viewing at 1 p.m. Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, 2007 at the Wenatchee Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to a Hospice of choice.