Betty Lou Jones Jensen, beloved Mother, wife and friend, passed away October 4, 2006 in St. George, Utah following a short illness and surgery.
Betty, the second daughter of Byron William and Clide Budd Jones was born October 29, 1925 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Betty was raised on a farm near Howe, Idaho and spent her younger years helping her mother. She loved riding horses and best of all, fishing with her Dad. About this time she also began her music career.
Betty first met her mate of 60 years, Vernal Hart Jensen (deceased) her senior year of high school. They discovered they had a mutual love of dancing. After graduation from Arco High, Betty began studying nursing at the University of Utah. Her roommate, Phyllis Riggs, introduced Betty to the LDS Church, and she was baptized early in 1944. On February 11, 1944 Betty and Vernal were married for time and eternity in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Betty and Vernal made their home in Arco with Vernâ€™s parents until they were able to purchase a home in Arco. They lived in and around Arco for most of their married lives, and moved to St. George, Utah in about 1984.
Bettyâ€™s life was full of music. Betty played the piano all through High School and was somewhat self-taught. She played in a band when she was in high school and went on to play the organ for church, and for the quartet Vernal sang in for many years, and accompanied many other performers through the years. Betty had each of her children learn to play the piano and all went on to play other musical instruments as well. Betty enjoyed visiting each of her children and friends. Betty also worked for many years and enjoyed her friendships made there.
Betty is survived by her children, Dennis (Kaye) Blackfoot, ID, Byron, (Terri), Concord, CA., Wendy Rust (Garth), Salt Lake City, UT and Merriann Morris (Val), St. George, UT and 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Vernal, her parents and one sister and one infant child.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 9, at 11:00 a.m. at the Arco Ward LDS Church. A viewing was held Sunday, October 8 at Hawker Lost River Funeral Home, 345 Sunset Drive from 6-8 p.m., and again on Monday for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.
Interment was in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Arco, Idaho.