Saturday, February 8, 2020
Betty MacDonald's granddaughter Anne Elizabeth 'Betsy' Campell Haas and her husband William Haas
Anne Elizabeth ”Betsy” Campbell Haas was born in Seattle on Oct. 27, 1950, to Anne Canham and Robert Evans.
Betsy lived the bulk of her formative years in Piedmont, California, with her siblings John, Darsie and Joanie. As the granddaughter to bestselling author Betty MacDonald, Betsy was inspired to pursue an English major at San Jose State in 1969, where she met her future husband, William Haas (Bill). They fell in love quickly and married in 1970, just a year after meeting, in an intimate ceremony on a cliffside overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Though she left us too soon, Betsy lived a full life. As the mother of two young children, Annie and Robert, Betsy completed her education at San Jose State in accounting, cum laude, after which she became a CPA and quickly climbed the ranks at Price Waterhouse. Her career took her across the country to Denver, where she worked for Quark Publishing, and to Washington, D.C., where she worked for eGlobe and France Telecom. When Bill and Betsy chose Pine Mountain Lake as the place they wanted to retire, Betsy finished up her career as the controller for the Pine Mountain Lake Association.
Betsy was an accomplished equestrian, skier and had a deep and abiding passion for the outdoors, which she and her husband enjoyed together through backpacking, hiking, skiing and long-distance trail riding competitions.
Betsy passed peacefully in her home surrounded by her loved ones. Betsy is survived by her husband of 47 years, Bill Haas; her siblings; her mother; her son, Robert Haas; daughter, Annie Parnell; and her four grandchildren, Will, Elsie, Grant and Presley.