Betty Jo (Bush) Powers

Born: Wed., Apr. 17, 1946
Died: Mon., Apr. 2, 2018


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 06, 2018
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Apr. 07, 2018
Location: Urie LDS Stake Center

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 07, 2018
Location: Urie LDS Stake Center

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Betty Jo Powers of Lyman, Wyoming, left this life for the next, on April 2, 2018, surrounded by her beloved family, following a brief but intense battle with cancer.

She was born Betty Jo Bush in Rock Springs, Wyoming on April 17, 1946, to Herschel Ray Bush and Lois Mae Hunter, the third of five sisters. She spent her childhood in Sheridan, Wyoming, and other than a brief time in Salt Lake City as a teen, Wyoming was Betty's home her entire life.

As a young woman Betty attended the University of Wyoming where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  It was here, in math class, that she met her eternal sweetheart, Joseph Michael Powers.  They were married June 27, 1970 in Kemmerer, Wyoming and were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on November 25, 1978.  They made their home in Lyman, Wyoming, and were blessed with three children, a son and two daughters, eight granddaughters, and five grandsons.

One of Betty's great gifts was as a teacher of young children.  As an elementary school teacher, she taught for over 40  years in Lyman, Wyoming. She was instrumental in blessing the lives of hundreds of kindergarten and second grade students.  She was known as firm, kind, loving, and patient. She had an exceptional ability to make her students feel valued and confident.  Her students knew they could count on a hug and a smile from Mrs. Powers. In addition to her family, teaching was her life, and she spent many hours above and beyond, preparing for and nurturing her students. Toward the end of her years in education she was teaching the grandchildren of students she'd taught in her beginning years. Her contribution to the lives of children and families in this capacity is immeasurable.

Betty enjoyed serving as a member of Lyman's Xadena Club for over 30 years. She loved the ladies in the club, and being a part of the services they provided in the community was a source of joy to her.
An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Betty served in many callings and could often be found ministering to those in her ward and community. In 2013-14, she and Mick served the Lord full-time in the Chicago Illinois South Mission, enduring one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record. Later as service missionaries at Heber Valley Camp, they spent three springs, summers, and falls serving more than 150,000 young women and other visitors. She loved serving the Lord and teaching the gospel, and did so faithfully.  Many were blessed by her love and friendship.

Betty loved her family and was a devoted and attentive wife, mother, and grandmother.  She could do everything from put up a hundred bottles of produce from the garden, shoot an elk at long range, drive a dump truck, to wrangling half a dozen grandchildren for a week and teaching a child to read.  She was zealous in supporting and encouraging her children, and had a gift for listening attentively and making each of her children, and others, feel important.  She was always concerned with others' needs and would go to great lengths to help them, always generous with her time, talents, and resources. Even at the very end of her life, as she was enduring great suffering, she demonstrated concern for the wellbeing of others.

Betty's life was one defined by blessing others, whether as a teacher, a wife and mother, as a missionary, or as a friend. She will be greatly mourned and missed by her family, friends, and community. The friendships and deep roots created from 48 years in Bridger Valley have been an integral part of her life, and she loved her family, friends, and her valley deeply.

Betty is survived by her beloved husband, Mick, and her children: Paxton (Monique), Kodi (Victor) Soto, Brook (Kristian) Wanderaas, and her 13 grandchildren. She also leaves behind three sisters, Barbara (Everett) Mills, Jan (LeDel) Pace, and Jane Sampson. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Joan Bischoff.  

Viewings will be held Friday, April 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, and Saturday at 10:00 AM.  Funeral services will be begin at 11:00 AM Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Urie LDS Stake Center.

Burial will be at Lyman Cemetery under the direction of Crandall Funeral Home.

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Charles & Patti Luke
   Posted Wed April 04, 2018
We are so sorry to learn of Betty’s passing. It seems like just yesterday we were all in Hurricane laughing and sharing a meal. We will be forever grateful for your friendship and love. May the Lord bring peace and comfort to you and your family.
Charles & Patti Luke

Shelly Carter Johnson
   Posted Wed April 04, 2018
So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was an amazing lady and will be missed! She was a good example to me as I began my teaching career in Lyman many years ago!So grateful for Heavenly Fathers plan.
Shelly Carter Johnson

Carolyn Weston
   Posted Thu April 05, 2018

TROPICAL DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by Scott and Carolyn Weston.

To Mick and Family, Our love goes out to you and your family at this time! What a treasure she was! We will miss her! Love, Scott and Carolyn Weston

Phillip Kunz
   Posted Thu April 05, 2018
So sorry for your loss, Paxton. The Lord bless all of you. Phillip and Joyce Kunz

Steve & RonaLee Hymas
   Posted Thu April 05, 2018
We were so sorry to hear about Sister Powers. She was such an incredibly sweet lady. Her kindness to us was so appreciated. Steve and I think so much of both of you. We are grateful for the opportunity to have known you both. Our hearts ache for you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We send our love.
Steve & RonaLee

Jim Larsen
   Posted Thu April 05, 2018
Mick and family,
It has been a wonderful time the past few minutes reminiscing about old times with your family. We grieve with you and pray your family will grow together further from this experience. All our best to you.
Jim Larsen and family.

Scott & Linda Kunz
   Posted Thu April 05, 2018
We are so sorry for you loss Mick and family. Please know you are in our hearts and our prayers.

Scott, Linda & family

John & Linda Larsen
   Posted Thu April 05, 2018
Dear Mick and Family,
Even though it has been many years since we spent much time in Lyman, we will miss your dear Betty Jo. She is one of the best. Our hearts go out to each of you and our prayers that you will be filled with a knowledge that life goes on beyond this one. She really is just a step away. We love you all.

Ann Keyes--cousin
   Posted Sat April 07, 2018
Mick and Betty's children, grandchildren, and her sisters:
I'm so sorry that Betty has left you so soon. Since I was a year younger than Joan, I knew Betty first as a cute, smart little girl. I love that she was a teacher who so personally touched so many children's lives at a tender age. That is God's work. I love that she and Mick served in Chicago where my family and I lived for a long period of time. We loved Chicago. My heart is with all of you at this time.
Love, Ann Keyes, cousin of Betty and her sisters

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