Betty Smith Allen, 81, of Blackfoot, formerly of Salmon, Idaho, passed peacefully away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at her home.
Betty was born June 25, 1932, in Cedar City, Utah, to George A. and LaVerd Smith. She attended high school in Cedar City until her junior year, when her family moved to Salmon, where she attended and graduated her senior year.
Betty married Paul J. Allen on Nov. 20, 1951, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
A dedicated homemaker and mother of four, Betty served in several church callings, giving her time and talents where needed. She was known for her excellent cooking skills, organizational abilities and a meticulous attention to detail. Betty also became an accomplished chocolatier, having made and given away many boxes of exquisite chocolates over the years to friends and family. She was always willing to lend a hand, give a warm hug or a kind smile to comfort those in need.
She is preceded in death by her parents, George A. and LaVerd (Brinkerhoff) Smith of Salmon; a sister, Jacqueline Warner; a brother, Kent Smith; a daughter, Yvonne Higley; and two great-grandchildren, Sophie Renee Ellis and Everett Paul Taylor.
Survivors include her husband, Paul; a daughter, Pamela (Bill) Ziegler of Blackfoot; two sons, Gary J of Provo, Utah, and Ronn S (Cozzett) Allen of Idaho Falls; 23 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at the Rose Ward LDS Chapel, 403 N. 150 West in Blackfoot. Friends met with family for an hour prior to services in the Relief Society room. Burial followed in Fielding Memorial Cemetery in Idaho Falls. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.