Williams, Betty Jane McClellan Peterson
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87 year-old native of Mesa. Born December 18, 1925 to William R. and (Lydia) Jane Hancock McClellan. Betty passed away on March 25, 2013 due to complications related to old age. She graduated from Mesa High School in 1944 and attended two years of college at BYU. She married Reed Peterson in 1947 with whom she had three children. Betty and Reed later divorced, and Betty married Ray E. Williams of Mesa. They enjoyed over 23 years of loving joy together before Ray passed on in October of 2008. Betty was a life-time member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She valiantly kept her covenants to the Lord her entire life-time. She served in many LDS auxiliary programs, including the presidency of the Relief Society and Primary. Betty was a professional seamstress, a talented quilt maker, a fabulous cook, and the most loving mother her children could have asked for. Betty is preceded in death by her loving spouse, Ray; her parents; two siblings; and a granddaughter, Jamie Peterson. She will always be loved and remembered by her three children, Nikki L. Peterson (Salt Lake City); Dr. Lorin D. (Nancy) Peterson (currently serving a mission for the LDS Church in London, England); and Gayle Peterson (Mesa). She is also survived by her four stepchildren, Raylani (Dean) Merkley (Gilbert, AZ); Eric (Monya) Williams (Gilbert, AZ); Doran (Shannon) Williams (Utah); and Kurt (Amy) Williams (Mesa). Betty is also survived by her brother, Roy (Lenora) McClellan; 19 loving grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013 at the LDS Solomon Ward at Broadway and Solomon. Funeral Services will be held at the Solomon Ward at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 30. There will be a viewing from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. preceding the funeral. The family wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the Living Legacy Senior Care Center (Mesa) and Hospice of the Valley for the loving care they gave Betty in her last years on this earth. We love and miss you, Mom.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 27, 2013