92-Year-Old Hospice Patient Takes a Spin on Seattle’s Great Wheel

Betty Van Dyke wanted to "do something wonderful."

By Published on February 17, 2015

It’s not every day Betty Van Dyke gets gussied up, but when you’re 92 years old, days like this don’t come around all that often anymore.

Betty sat in the salon at the Aegis Living retirement home in Bellevue, getting primped and primed for her big day.

“We’d better go,” she said, applying one last coat of cranberry lipstick, and giving the hairdresser a sincere kiss on the hand.

Betty is in hospice care. Workers at Aegis say she suffered two bad falls recently, broke a hip and a leg, and has been slowly getting sicker ever since. They are measuring her time in months. Betty recently told one of the workers she wanted to “do something wonderful” with the time she has left. So, she decided to do something she hasn’t done since the 5th grade.

“The boys liked me in that grade and each one took me for a ride,” she said, with a smile beaming across her soft face.

She rolled her wheelchair aboard the Great Wheel, a 175-foot tall Ferris wheel on Seattle’s waterfront Monday afternoon, and flashed her big, bright smile once again.

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