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Betsy Jean Yorgason

1946 ~ 2013
Betsy was born January 17th, 1946 in Greybull, Wyoming to James Scott McNiven and Betty Gene Morrow McNiven.
Betsy attended school in Burlington, Wyoming and graduated from Burlington High School in 1965. While attending school she learned a very strong work ethic by working on the family farm. That work ethic remained a part of her up until her final day.
Betsy attended business college in Bakersfield, California after graduation from high school. She then moved on to Washington D.C. and was the secretary at the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the agent in charge of the Washington D.C. field office. She was a part of cases such as the "Patti Hurst" case. She gave up this career in interest of marriage and starting a family.
May 31st, 1973 Betsy married Francis Leland Yorgason in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Their first child, James Joseph Yorgason, was born March 13, 1974 in Pocatello, Idaho. LeeAnn Yorgason followed two years later on January 17th 1976 in Powell, Wyoming. Their final daughter Susan Michelle Yorgason was born February 12th, 1979 in Mason City, Iowa.
Betsy lived for service, especially where children and church were involved. She operated a daycare out of her home in Charles City, Iowa for 25 years. Much of her pride and joy came from this opportunity to teach and care for these children along with her own. She served her church and various communities in many different capacities. Along with service she had a life long love of music and taught herself to play the piano.
Betsy is survived by the love-of-her life and eternal companion, Francis Leland Yorgason of Perry, UT. Son, James (Rossana) Yorgason of Pleasant View, UT. Daughter LeeAnn (Norman) Nix of Las Vegas, NV, and daughter Susan of Farmington, UT. Betsy is also survived by two grandchildren, Noelle Krystine and Nicholas James Yorgason.
On behalf of her family, a special thanks to Drs. Lance Bryce and Brian Dawson, Advocate hospice staff, especially RN Misti and CNA Lola. Special friends and nurse's Callie Johnson and Sunshine, who were so close in the end, and who all gave her impeccable care.
Funeral services will be held at the Perry, UT Stake Center 685 W 2250 S Perry, UT 84302 at Twelve O'clock noon on March 1st, 2013. A viewing will be held prior to the service at 10:45-11:45 a.m. to meet and greet the family. Services are under the direction of Serenicare Funeral Home of Providence & Ogden Utah.


Published in Deseret News on Feb. 28, 2013
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