Betty Jean Benson Hazlett passed away in her home in Moab on Aug. 22, 2009 at the age of 71.
She was born on Sept. 5, 1937, in Mt. Olive, N.C., to Edith Howell and Velmon Benson. She learned the value of hard work being raised on the tobacco farms of the deep south.
While working as a waitress at a drive-in she met the love of her life, Donald Lewis Hazlett. They were married on April 3, 1953 and later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
Most of her married life she kept the home fires burning in North Carolina while her husband served for nearly 30 years in the Marine Corps. During that time, they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served in Relief Society, Young Women’s, Sunday School, and as the early morning seminary teacher for many years.
Upon her husband’s retirement from the military, she moved to Utah, where family continued to be her focal point. Her kids and grandkids were the center of her attention. When asked her favorite time of life she would say it was when all her kids were at home.
Besides her family, Betty loved bowling, crocheting, and reading mystery novels. After a short stay in Idaho they relocated in Moab to enjoy the warmer weather.
Betty is survived by three children, Donald (Ramona) Haz-lett, Pocatello, Idaho, Vickie (Mark) Landon, Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Steve (Nicki) Hazlett, Moab. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild (with another grandchild and great-grandchild both due in September); and her sisters, Sue Gamber of North Carolina, and Kaye Dail of Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, a son, Richard, and her parents.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009 at the 400 North Chapel in Moab. A viewing was held that same morning. Interment was at the Orem City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.