Betty was born in Tooele, Utah, on April 13, 1930, to Tom and Margaret Nix. Betty spent her childhood in the mountains because her dad was a sheepherder. She often spoke of her childhood mountain adventures. She instilled a deep love of nature in her children and as a result in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Betty attended Tooele High School where she became a part of “The Gang.” Her friends called her Betty Lou. Those friendships continue to this day and though most have passed on, their friendships remained close and loyal throughout their lives.
Betty and Ed and their children Robyn and Ed spent many years living abroad in Japan and Germany. They were able to visit nearly all the countries in Europe, where many special memories were made and many treasures were acquired. She loved antiques and beautiful things. Betty continued to collect unique and wonderful items as she went “junkin”(yard sales) every Saturday for many years.
Betty was a wife, a telephone operator, a beautician, a full-time mom and later in life a demo lady for local grocery stores. Betty is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Betty’s wit was a trademark. She could make anyone laugh or smile. Even with failing health and dementia, she would bring a smile to everyone she met.
Ed preceded Betty in death in 2007. After his passing, she spent many years caring for herself in her home. Later she lived with family in Grantsville and most recently lived at Cottage Glen, where she was loved and cared for by many earth angels.
Betty is survived by her children Ed (Jenn) Coucher and Robyn (Donn) Payne; her grandchildren Bryan (Jennie) Payne and Jennifer (Jay) Willis. Betty was blessed with seven great-grandchildren: Kaydon, Kolton, Weston, Landon, Hailee, Cassidee and Aubree. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Kathleen (Coucher) Griffith, and many nieces and nephews.
Betty will be dearly missed; however, it is with bittersweet emotion, we now share her once again with Dad and many friends and family who have been awaiting this sweet reunion. We can almost hear Dad calling for “Bets” or whistling his trademark whistle for her to join him for their next wonderful adventure.
We would like to share our love and appreciation for Dr. Forbes and her staff for their many years of wonderful care. The staff of Cottage Glen will forever hold a special place in our hearts and have become our special family. We love you as did Mom.
Due to COVID-19, we will have a private family visitation, followed by a graveside service at the Tooele City Cemetery, Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., where all are welcome to attend.