Bettie M. Buell
Bettie Buell, mother of long-time Park City resident Carol Buell, passed away April 26, 2008, after a multi-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease – following Art, her beloved husband of 66 years, by just eight months. She was the heart, soul, rock, and moral center of her family – including some "adopted" by their boundless hearts: sister Rusty "Ta" Ryan; daughters Louise, Carol, and Martha; grandchildren Catrina, Monica and her children, Mykella and Nicholas; Chris and Tina, and their children Virginia and Gabriel; Terrie and Dale and their children Alicia, Jayden, and Brittani; Semalee and Michael, and their children Auston and Gregory. Her special family of the last five years at St. Joseph’s Villa are also in our hearts.
Bettie was born Oct. 6, 1923, in Kansas City, Mo. In the 1930s, her father took the family to California looking for work – part of the "Grapes of Wrath" migration. He found work on the massive project to bring water to Los Angeles, and the family settled in Beaumont, Calif. It was here Bettie met her handsome sailor, Art, whose special car horn played "We kiss, and the angels sing" whenever he came courting. They planned to marry when she turned 18, but Art’s ship was ordered to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in August 1941. At 17, she was too young for them to marry in California. They decided to "elope" to Yuma, Ariz., but had to take her father and his mother to give them legal "permission".
Bettie was the homemaker, mother, wife, and neighbor of "myth." As a Navy wife for 23 years, she was often the "single parent" available, and moved us from coast to coast with enviable skill. There was rarely a child on her street that did not call her "Aunt" or "Grandma." Her traditional family celebrations remain the bedrock of our memories, along with haunted houses in the basement, gingerbread houses that could really be eaten, special handmade dresses for Christmas and Easter. She was an excellent cook, seamstress, homework helper – and always demanded the best we could give. She was the center of a far-flung extended family – the one who always kept in touch. She was an active adult member of the Girl Scouts, her church guild, and many other organizations. She made life-long friends wherever she lived. After retirement, Art and Bettie traveled often to see people they loved and places they had dreamed of.
A Mass will be offered Friday, May 2, at 10 a.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 1975 South 2300 East, Salt Lake City. Interment and blessing of the grave will be held Friday, May 2, at 1 p.m. at the Utah Veteran’s Memorial Park, 17111 South Camp Williams Road.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at holbrookmortuary.com.
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