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Bette Marie Decker

August 25, 1929 ~ July 31, 2022 (age 92)


Bette Marie Decker, 92, passed away on July 31, 2022. She was born in San Diego, CA. She was the first of three girls born to W.T. Wolley, Lt Commander USN (Ret.) and Nelly Wolley. She followed her passion in 1948 by studying fine arts at Florida State University and University of Hawaii. Throughout her life she actively pursued her love of art and painting, and created thousands of pieces, to include design in oil, acrylic, clay, sculpting, etchings, and print in a variety of media. In 1950, she married the love of her life, Walter Decker in Pensacola, FL.

Bette was the co-founder and Creative Art Director of the Aloha Candle Company, Resort Line Hawaii, and Banana Bay clothing company. She co-founded the Windward Artist’s Guild in Kailua, HI, which still exists today. She was president of The Made in Hawaii Association, a large group of manufacturers of local Hawaiian products. She loved teaching children creative expression through art in various forms at the YWCA and the Summer Arts Program for children in Kailua-Kaneohe, Hawaii, later volunteering in classrooms for children ages 5-18. The majority of her life was spent in Hawaii and Kentucky.

Bette is survived by four children, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

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