91-year-old Bellingham woman gets high school diploma 72 years late

June 19, 2017

Betty Tawes’ missing high school diploma was because of World War II.  She was Betty Brighton back then.   Betty started dating Bob Tawes, the man she would eventually marry. But men his age were being sent to war so quickly.  She was a senior at the nearly brand new Bellingham High School. 

Betty fell in love with Bob and got pregnant before he went off to war.  Betty decided to drop out of high school at the time to take care of the baby.  Now, at 91, she officially became a Bellingham High School graduate, class of 2017.

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