Betsy Thomson Hatt, 1927 ~ 2017
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Betsy Thomson Hatt, 1927 ~ 2017
Betsy Thomson Hatt, 1927 ~ 2017
Betsy Ross Thomson Hatt, age 90, passed away peacefully March 6, 2017 with her family gathered around her.

She was born Feb. 12, 1927 in Moab, Utah, to Ross and Hazel Bachrach (Berry) Thomson. Betsy was raised in Moab and attended schools there, where she was a cheerleader in high school. In 1945, she represented Grand County as the Bond Queen.

Betsy met the love of her life, Vail Frank Hatt, at a dance held at the Grand County Ball Room in Moab. He soon went off to World War II as a radar man on the USS Idaho. When he returned, they were engaged in December of 1945 and married Aug. 15, 1946 in Moab. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on Sept. 15, 1948. Betsy and Vail went to Utah State University after their marriage, where she was studying to be a nurse.

They had three daughters, Lana (Ben) Coomer, Vicky (Kelly) Bayles, both of Green River, Janet (Michael) Raymond of Woodland Hills; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Betsy was a very active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the Primary and Young Women’s presidencies. She was Relief Society President three different times and taught many classes, including Gospel Doctrine. Betsy and Vail served a mission to the West Indies in 1984, where they loved the people of St. Lucia and Barbados. Vail preceded her in death on May 10, 1986. After his passing, she served another mission to British Columbia, Canada, in 1991 and a temple mission at the Monticello Temple.

Betsy loved to travel and together they were able to see much of the world. They loved taking grandchildren with them on their adventures. Betsy continued this love of travel by taking her children and grandchildren on many trips.

Betsy and Vail had many successful business enterprises. They built and ran the Sleepy Hollow Motel, the River Terrace Inn and their cattle ranch in Toponas, Colorado. In 1987, Betsy donated the land for the John Wesley Powell River History Museum in Green River.

Survivors include her three daughters; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; her sister, Mardy Lewis, and niece, Kellie (Rob) Thompson, both of San Antonio, Texas.

Betsy was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson, Trevor Raymond; and a brother-in-law, William Hendrix Lewis.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m., at the Green River LDS Chapel, with a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Elgin Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price, where friends may share memories of Betsy online at

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