Our dear mother, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully at her home, where she loved to be, on Friday, July 20, 2012. She was 89 years young.
Betty Idona Wadsworth was born April 24,1923, to Fonda Idona Pierce and Roy Elliot of Princeville, Ore.
She grew up mainly around the Twin Falls area. Her mother died when she was 10 years old, leaving her and her younger sister Laura to live with their grandparents until they passed away when Mom was in high school. She then went to live with an older couple where she worked for her room and board. Through various jobs, she was able to earn her way through business college where she graduated with honors.
While she attending business college she met and married her chosen companion, Clifford Wadsworth, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Feb. 3, 1941.
She is survived by her children, Larry of Salt Lake City, Utah; Al of Highland, Utah; Roger of Idyllwild, Calif.; Lorna Hanson of Idaho Falls; Sherrie LaForce of Mesa, Ariz.; Stephen of Shelley.
Dad and a grandson preceded her in death.
She was very active in the LDS faith. She served in many and varied capacities in the church including Relief Society and Mutual president, but the one she enjoyed so much was being Primary chorister because of her love of music and her love of children.
She and Dad served 12 consecutive years as a missionary couple in various missions including the Idaho Falls Visitor Center and the Genealogical Library. Even up to the time of her passing, her love for missionary work was demonstrated by sharing her message with telemarketers from her living room rocking chair and has even made a friend for life with a young man in India. She also loved doing her own genealogy.
Her strong positive attitude and great determination got her through many life’s challenges.
She had a magazine business in her home for 60 years. Her love of people and life made this kind of business very satisfying for her since she enjoyed visiting and making new friends.
Mom was an extremely hard worker and taught her children the value of work. Because of her love for children, her dream was to have a daycare where she could love the little ones. She so loved the sunshine and washed her windows just about as frequently as she washed her dishes. She in turn was our family’s ray of sunshine in our lives. She was the most wonderful mother who gave herself totally for us children and loved us unconditionally.
A great tribute that her grandchildren gave her was to be at her bedside during her last days, to show their great love and respect for the grandmother who loved them so much. We will all truly miss this wonderful woman!
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2012, at the Taylor Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday, July 23, 2012, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com .
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