Elizabeth R HultengJuly 5, 1924 ~ September 22, 2017 (age 93)
Elizabeth, (B.J.) Hulteng passed peacefully on September 22, 2017. She celebrated her 93rd birthday in July with her family and friends at her home in Hayden Lake, Idaho. BJ has been an inspiration to generations and will be missed in immeasurable ways. She had a profound impact on people throughout her lifetime. As a champion “scratch” golfer, BJ won the club championship at Hayden Lake Country Club over 20 times – her first title in college and her final victory 50 years later. She was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame for PNGA and Rhode Island. Her many careers included hospital administration in Rhode Island, Stanford alum, Junior League, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Mughunters, Hayden Lake historian, and the Grasshopper newspaper. Always planning a new project…no challenge too big, no detail too small.
But her many accomplishments do not capture the “spirit” of BJ. She brought insight, wisdom and tremendous passion to every facet of her life over her 93 years. Her devotion to family was evident in everything she did. She was married to John L Hulteng for nearly 50 years until his death in 1996. She is survived by their three children, Robert, Karen and Richard and their families and her grandchildren.
BJ saw a silver lining in any situation and always strived to help people be the “best” that they could be. Humble, compassionate, wise, witty, devoted to family and master story teller. Her love of history and talent at story telling wove generations together with a true appreciation for family and tradition. As a long time resident of Hayden Lake, BJ had a deep impact on her home community– everything from inspiring generations of young golfers, reviving the history of the area or maintaining her childhood home for future generations to cherish just as she did.
BJ’s legacy lives on her in her children and grandchildren and in the many lives she enriched with her “shining light” of strength, optimism and courage. She will be missed but her spirit lives on in all of us who loved her. May we all follow her example of “where there is a will, there is a way!” If only we could also tell a story her way she did so easily!
Family suggests donations could be made in Elizabeth’s memory to a charity of choice