Betty Pete

by Anne Bennett on November 11, 2010

Note: I wrote the post below exactly one month ago today, after subbing as a leader at a Weight Watcher meeting. Betty Peterson was the receptionist, and when she saw me she gave me a big hug and a kiss, which was her usual greeting for her friends.

Betty died yesterday. Her Weight Watcher family is indebted to her for the wisdom she passed along to all of us, but the most important things she taught us was to be happy, to live in the moment, to help others, not necessarily in that order. There won’t ever be another Betty Pete.

Betty Pete at Work!

October 11, 2010

This morning I had the opportunity to work with a receptionist who has been a Weight Watchers employee for 37 years. Her name is Betty Peterson, but she is fondly known among her workmates as Betty Pete.

It’s not often that you get to work with an 87-year-old, let alone one as sharp as Betty. When I asked her how she manages to stay so active, she replied, “For me, attitude is all about gratitude.” She said that joining Weight Watchers as a member in 1970 has been largely responsible for her longevity, and for that, Betty said, she is very grateful.

She added that because she has eaten well for the last 40 years, her children and grandchildren have inherited her preference for healthy food. When her great grandchildren come to visit, they want carrots and apples instead of junk food.

It’s a good example of the snowball effect: your actions and your attitude, either good or bad, can have a profound impact on the people around you. Betty’s relatives have been the lucky recipients of her choice, long ago, to take care of herself. Now three generations of her family have integrated healthy eating into their own lifestyles.

Kind of makes you think about your own role as a mentor for your family and friends, doesn’t it?

My guess is that Betty’s positive attitude has been a key factor in her being able to work into her late 80’s and beyond. ¬†Like the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps plugging along, smiling and enthusiastically passing along her tried-and-true tips for losing weight and eating right.

They say that attitude is everything. I look at Betty Pete and I believe it.

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amy November 11, 2010 at 6:57 am

RIP dear Betty!

Rachel Ciordas November 11, 2010 at 11:34 am

I’m so sad! I loved Betty Pete!

lin November 15, 2010 at 5:56 am

She was a dear lady and touched many. I hope she had a chance to read your sweet words about her. She was always an encouragement.

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