Betty Louise Tolman Morgan faithfully finished her mortal experience on September 28, 2014. What a noble woman she was. She actively endured to the end and the life she lived continues to be an example to us all. No wonder we call her Grandma Great!
Betty was born January 2, 1923; in Salt Lake City, Utah; to Royal Clifford and Goldie Adams Tolman. She grew up in Murtaugh, Idaho; and had a happy adventuresome childhood swimming in the canal and helping on the farm with her six siblings. As she grew older she loved to dance, and her brother would take her to church dances. The dance instructor, Ray Delbert Morgan, quite literally swept her off her feet; Their first date was on Valentines Day and the following November 8, 1938 they were married in the Logan, Utah temple. Together they raised six children, farmed side by side, and were hardly apart until Ray passed away on April 3, 1988. Now, 26 and a half years later, they are together again. What a wonderful reunion they must have had. Can you just see them embracing? It is a beautiful picture!
In April of 1965, Ray and Betty moved their family to Salem, Utah. While living in Utah County Betty worked for Jolene's Clothing, JC Penney, Billing's Computer, and Utah Journal. After retiring she spent twenty years volunteering at Orchard Elementary in Orem, Rocky Mountain Elementary in Lindon, and Amelia Earhart Grade School in Provo. Betty loved teaching and working with children (Retiring at age 89 after falling). She was an ideal educator and so good with the children that teachers would often turn entire classes over to her. Over the years she helped and loved hundreds of children - always sharing with them her positive attitude, independent and tenacious spirit, integrity, determination, and most importantly - her love and compassion.
Betty loved music, keeping a journal, listening to BYU devotionals, going for walks, sewing the latest fashions, reading the scriptures and other fine books from which she could learn, and being with her husband Ray. Family was very important to her. Betty also loved the Lord. She had unshakeable faith in Heavenly Father and an unwavering testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spent her life serving in countless capacities in the church she loved. Primary was where she could share her love of music by teaching the gospel to the children through songs and hymns. She was a wonderful teacher who shared her faith, positive attitude, determination, pioneering grit, and wisdom with family and others around her.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years; two sons, Timothy and Clifford; daughter-in-law, Erna Morgan; brothers, Rex and Roger Tolman; sister, Lova Watts; grandson, Justin Spencer Morgan; great-grandson, Brandon Adam Rogers; and her parents. She is survived by her children Tamara (Robert) Rogers, Pamela (Charles) Tilton, John (Janice) Morgan and Dennis (Mary) Morgan, 35 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren. Betty will be missed by all her family and friends, but we are grateful for the legacy of love, family, and testimony she granted to each of us.
Betty's family would like to thank the many caring hearts and hands of "Our House of Orem," who helped care for Betty during the past 2 years; and also the wonderful staff of the Emergency Room, Trauma Care, and 7th floor of the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah. Your talents and skills, help, and love has been greatly appreciated.
A viewing will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the Pioneer 2nd Ward LDS chapel; 1200 West 500 North, Provo, Utah. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 3, 2014, at 11:00 am, in the same location; following a viewing from 10:00 - 10:45 am. Interment will be in the Twin Falls, Idaho Cemetery, located at 2350 4th Avenue East, Twin Falls, Idaho. Condolences may be expressed at www.LegacyFunearls.com
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund in Betty's memory.