Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 9, 2019
Betty Jean Skinner Johnson

Obit Betty Jean Skinner Johnson 2Ross came to get his favorite dancing partner, the love of his life, Betty Jean Skinner Johnson, who died April 4, 2019. Mom lived a healthy, active life for over 91 years.

Obit Betty Jean Skinner Johnson 1Betty was proud to be born in Bingham, on May 14, 1927. She was the daughter of Vern Morgan and Erma Huntsman Skinner. She moved to Tooele for her senior year of high school where she met Ross. They were married Oct. 6, 1945, and were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.

Mom had many callings in the church including Stake Relief Society President for 14 years. Ross and Betty served as temple workers at the Jordan River Temple for 14 years, later serving a mission in Adam-Ondi-Ahman. During this time, they were able to strengthen their love without the distractions of farm, children or grandchildren.

Mom had a passion for quilting even before the quilt guilds. All of us remember playing under the quilt while ladies were chatting and laughing. In her excitement to share with others, Betty and other special ladies formed the Tooele Quilt Guild. Through this guild, mom meet some of her best friends, some of which are 50 years younger than her. She loved keeping her hands busy with her needle crafts.

She was known and appreciated by family, friends and everyone who tasted her food. She taught her daughters to never return an empty plate. At potluck dinners, people asked which dish was Betty’s so they could make sure they could taste it. Her recipes were coveted by everyone.

Mom was a mom to anyone or everyone, which was her greatest gift and accomplishment.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Johnson; her parents; her sister, Verna; her son, Paul; two daughters, Ruth, and Judy (Steve) Wilcox; and great-grandson, Riley.

Surviving children are: Mickey (Gary) Gross, Jeanne Taylor, Kristie (Craig) Gross, Cindy McInnes, Roxie (George) Allen, Jill (Ralph) Martinez, Erb (Sarah) Johnson. Yes, that is seven daughters and one son. She is also survived by her sister, Rhea Noland; 27 grandchildren; 68 great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

There will be a viewing Tuesday, April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tate Mortuary, 110 S. Main St., Tooele. Funeral at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, with viewing preceding from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., at 583 N. 270 East, Tooele.

Special thanks to Mountain West Medical Center for their patient loving care of mom and her large family. Also, for Canyon Home Care and Hospice for their compassionate care.

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