Betsy Jean Yorgason

Jan. 17, 1946 – Feb. 26, 2013

Betsy was born January 17, 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 “Patty Hearst” case. She gave up this career in interest of marriage and starting a family.

May 31, 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 year later on January 17, 1976 in Powell, Wyoming. Their final daughter Susan Michelle Yorgason was born February 12, 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 lifelong 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, Utah; son James (Rossana) Yorgason of Pleasant View, Utah; daughter Lee Ann (Norman) Nix of Las Vegas, Nevada, and daughter Susan of Farmington, Utah. Betsy is also survived by two grandchildren, Noelle Krystine and Nicholas James Yorgason.

On behalf of her family, a special thanks to Doctors Lance Bryce and Brian Dawson, Advocate hospice staff, especially RN Misti and CNA Lola, special friends and nurses Callie Johnson and Sunshine, who were so close in the end and who all gave her impeccable care.

Funeral services were held at the Perry, Utah Stake Center, 685 W. 2250 S. Perry, Utah 84302 at twelve o’clock noon on March 1, 2013. Burial was held in Burlington, Wyoming. Services were under the direction of Serenicare Funeral Home of Providence and Ogden, Utah.

(Paid obituary)