With profound sadness we announce the passing of Betty LorRaine (Christensen) Gwyther, our loving and devoted wife, mother and friend to all whose lives she touched, on December 15, 2021.
She left us while sleeping peacefully at her residence in Clinton, Utah. She was in her 85th year.
She left behind a hell of a lot of stuff to her daughter and son who have no idea what to do with it.
So, if you're looking for ceramic molds, porcelain dolls or myriad of knick-knacks. You should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch.
Tomorrow would be fine.
This is not an ad for a garage sale, but an obituary for a great Woman, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother born on April 5, 1936, in Ephraim, UT, the daughter of the late Jesse Boyden and Vera Ruth Lund Christensen.
Betty met her sweetheart, Bruce, on a blind date. They were married February 25, 1961. She then followed him from Utah to New York to Alaska to Texas then back to Utah and still enjoyed nearly 61 years of wedded bliss.
Betty loved to be surrounded by beauty. She made the world a more beautiful place through her artistic endeavors in China painting, porcelains, and ceramics. She also enjoyed teaching others in those mediums through her business, Palcraft Artistique Studio in Bountiful, UT in her younger years.
She loved her garden and trust us she LOVED to weed that garden with her grandchildren as her helpers when child labor was legal (or so they were told).
She leaves behind a dysfunctional family that she was very proud of.
She will be sorely missed and is survived by her sweetheart Bruce Lynn Gwyther, sister: Nancy Murphy, brother: Boyd Christensen, children: Thomas (Stephanie) Gwyther, Lori (Don) Figuera, grandchildren: Brandon, Andrew, Aubrey, Spencer, Stacey, Chelsey, Rebecca, Joshua, Jonathan and Jennifer and 10 greatgrandchildren as well as her 16 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Jesse Boyden Christensen and Vera Ruth (Lund) Christensen and brothers: Kenneth Christensen and Richard Christensen.
She was strong, selfless, determined and fought long and hard to be there for the people she loved. She was by far the strongest person our family has ever known and she will always be an inspiring example of Jove, courage, and sacrifice. She was the light of our lives, and that light will burn bright forever in our hearts until we meet again.
The family would like to thank Bonnie Mayberry and the staff at Rocky Mountain Hospice for their wonderful care during her final months.
A special nod to the one who made her a grandma: Brandon Gwyther, his lovely wife, Heather and their sweet daughter, Arya for stepping in as caregivers for "Grandma Betty" through her last weeks.
A Viewing will be held on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Leavitt's Mortuary 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.
Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Clinton 22nd LDS Ward with a viewing held from 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Interment at the Price City Cemetery.
A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, "Grieve not for me.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don't worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes, we're together again