Mary E. "Betty" Nation(1920 - 2014)

Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Nation, 93, of Idaho Falls, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at her home. She was under the care of her family and Access Home Care and Hospice.

She was born May 27, 1920, in Crawford, Neb., the sixth child of seven born to Roy Churchill Curtis and Minnie Julia Clements Curtis. She attended Crawford High School, and then in Montana, she became a medical records terminologist.

On April 16, 1939, she married Clark W. Nation in Hot Springs, S.D. Clark passed away April 28, 1997.

Besides living in Crawford, Neb., and Hot Springs, S.D., Betty lived in Miles City, Mont. After Clark died, she moved to Idaho, living first in Rigby and later in Idaho Falls.

She worked as a telephone operator, a grocery store clerk and a hardware store clerk. Betty worked as an assistant registrar for the Veterans Administration for 25 years. Following her retirement from the VA, she was the medical coordinator at the Broadus, Mont., Rest Home for two years.

In Miles City, Mont., Betty was a member of the Range Rider Reps for a number of years and the RSVP director from 1981 to 1983. In Rigby, she had been a member of the ESA sorority since 1999.

Betty joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and became an active member, serving in many leadership positions in all areas of the church.

She enjoyed reading, crocheting, traveling, quilting and fishing. Mary was an adventurous, independent person who loved her family, life, her church and politics.

The family would like to express their thanks to Jean Wooten for her loving care.

Betty is survived by her daughters, Joanne (Eldon) Morrell of Firth and Diana Nation of Idaho Falls; son, David (Donna) Nation of Miles City, Mont.; 10 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Clark Nation, she was preceded in death by her sons, Gordon Earl and Frank Duane Nation; a great-grandson, Brandon Weston Morrell; and a daughter-in-law, Earlene Nation.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the Ammon LDS 15th Ward Chapel, 1925 E. 49th South in Idaho Falls. The family will visit with friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls, and Friday for one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in Custer County Cemetery in Miles City, Mont.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Idaho Falls Community Food Bank or the Good Fellows.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Funeral Home

Coltrin Mortuary & Crematory
2100 East First Street Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 524-1000

Published in Post Register on Jan. 28, 2014