1919 ~ 2013
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At ninety-three years of age, our beautiful mother, grandmother and friend quietly passed on January 6, 2013. There is a quiet peace and tender sadness that surrounds her family as we say goodbye to this remarkable woman.
Bette was born August 13, 1919 in Sunnyside, Utah, the daughter of Dr. Clyde Raymond Fahring and Selma Albertina Lasson Fahring and sister of Ray L. Fahring. She attended schools in Helper and Price, Utah, graduating from Carbon High School. She attended Utah Agricultural College (Utah State University) and graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters degree in Social Work.
She married the love of her life, E. Gale Vance, on April 16, 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had two children, son David C. Vance and daughter Selma "Sunny" Vance-Lauritzen (David G. Strand) and one grandson J.D. Lauritzen (Charli Rasmussen).
Upon Bette's graduation, she worked as a medical social worker with the American Red Cross at Corona Hospital during World War II. Following the war she returned to Salt Lake and worked for the Salt Lake County Welfare Office. After having her children she worked from home and then part time for the American Red Cross Service to Military Families. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Bette is survived by her children, grandson and dearest friend Carol Neff Hawkes.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and husband.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Thomas Miller, M.D. for all of his years of compassionate care of Bette. The family also wishes to extend their love and heartfelt appreciation to the owner and staff of Around the Clock Care Givers, especially her "Mary" - Mele Hautau, for her tender care.
Services will be held at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Friends and family may visit Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013 prior to the service. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2013