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Betty Jane Malick Booton passed away in her sleep Jan. 24, 2014, at Logan Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Logan, Utah.
Betty was born Dec. 17, 1927, in St. Louis, Mo., to Margaret C. Davis Malick and Richard W. Malick. She was raised along with her younger sisters Elaine and Margie in Kirkwood, Mo., and she attended Kirkwood High School, graduating in 1944.
She attended the University of Iowa from 1944 to 1949, where she studied speech and broadcasting, was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and volunteered for the Red Cross. She completed her degree and then married Loy Mather "Bud" Booton, a handsome Army signal intelligence officer who served in the Pacific during WW II.
They subsequently followed Bud's successful career climb in advertising, living first in Des Moines, Iowa, then Minneapolis, Minn., Mission Hills, Kan.,, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wichita, Kan., and Tulsa, Okla., all the while raising their four children. Betty was a full-time homemaker, and she was well-known for her cooking perfection, her lovely home and parties, her involvement in her children's assorted sports, church and school activities. Her committed volunteer work included Mercy Children's Hospital in Kansas City, Prairie Elementary School PTA, the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts and the Village Presbyterian Church. After her children were grown and while in Tulsa, she began full time work in the Medical College at Oral Roberts University and especially delighted in helping medical students and residents with assorted administrative needs. She and Bud attended and sang in the choir together at Church of the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Tulsa.
She was a loving, committed wife to Bud until he died in 2000 in Denver, Colo., where they retired to live near their daughter Barb, Barb's husband, Jeff, and their two girls.
She later lived happily near her good friend Lee Kirchner at Heather Gardens in Aurora, Colorado until Lee died in 2008. Her friends at Resurrection Anglican Fellowship Church in Denver were especially helpful to her during both these losses.
Betty eventually moved to Logan, Utah, to be near her daughter, Beth, in 2010 and then to Logan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in 2012. Despite the loss of her husband and aging friends and the general decline of her unusually good health, she rarely complained and was always loving and gracious to all. She also cherished and always remembered her grandchildren at each birthday. She received solace in reading the Bible with her Bible Study Groups and singing in church. Shortly before her decline, she reassured her family by reminding us, "I have had a good life and four wonderful children."
She is survived by her sons Brad Booton and Brian Booton (Maggie) and daughters Beth Booton (Norm) and Barb Booton (Jeff), eight grandchildren and her sister Margie Gedney.
The Booton family gives heartfelt thanks to their extended family and lifelong friends, plus the very skilled staff and nurses at Legacy House, Logan Nursing and Rehabilitation, Pat Sadoski RN and Community Nursing Services/Hospice, and finally to her compassionate physician, Dr. Michael Francis.
Funeral arrangements in Logan are being managed by Cache Valley Mortuary and she will be buried alongside her husband, Bud, in Denver on Feb. 1.
Published in Logan Herald Journal on Jan. 31, 2014