AMERICAN FALLS – Betty Jean Nelson, 85, passed away peacefully at home on the evening of Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.
Betty was born on Nov. 17, 1928 on the family farm in Weston, ID, to Arthur Earl and Myrtle (Mickelson) Wentworth. She grew up on the farm with her two younger brothers, grandparents, aunts and uncles without many modern conveniences.
When she was 17 years old, she married the love of her life Alma “Beechnut” Nelson on Nov. 26, 1946 in San Francisco, CA, where Beechnut was stationed in the Navy. She returned home to finish high school after Beechnut was discharged in 1947. They made their home in Clifton, ID, where their first of four children, Kathy, was born. In 1949 they moved to Pocatello, ID, and had their first son, Mike. Five years later in December of 1954 they moved to American Falls, where their daughter, LeAnn, and son, Bob, were born and raised.
She was a waitress at Roger’s Cafe for 22 years, then went to work for the Sagebrush Bar where she worked for another 29 years until she retired two months before her 82nd birthday. She loved working with the public and was loved and admired by everyone she ever met. Betty was a member of the Ladies VFW Auxiliary for several years where she held several positions. Betty was always a very outgoing person and never met a stranger.
She loved the outdoors; she was an avid hunter, fisherman, and always kept up with the guys on many snowmobile outings. She was instrumental in planning all the hunting and fishing trips with the family and friends that was usually located in Island Park, ID. Spending time with family and friends really meant a lot to her over the years.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Earl and Myrtle (Mickelson) Wentworth; two brothers, Marlow Wentworth and Ralph Wentworth; two half-brothers, Lee Wentworth and Beuford Wentworth; and many aunts and uncles.
She is survived by her husband “Beechnut” of 67 years; children Kathy (Jim) Tallman, Liberty, KS, Mike (Sherry) Nelson, Yakima, WA, LeAnn (Ron) Anderson and Bob (Janelle) Nelson of American Falls; grandchildren, Shannon (Tom) McDow, Sean (Jamie) Torrance, Jamie (Jessica) Tallman, Matt (Jessica) Tallman, Kris (Brent) Heglar, Tina Nelson, Tiffany Nelson and Jeffery (Liz) Nelson, Ronalie (Nate) Gerrie, Ryan (Sarah) Anderson, Tara Rowe, Christopher (Destiny) Nelson, Nick Nelson and 17 great-grandchildren and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
A visitation was held Friday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, and also at 1 p.m. before the funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints American Falls 4th Ward, 650 Pocatello Avenue, American Falls. Interment will follow at the Falls View Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared at davisrosemortuary.com.