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Betty J. Karlson

Nov. 28, 1929 - Jun. 5, 2021

Date of Service: Jun. 12, 2021

BURLEY – Betty Jean Goold Karlson, a 91-year-old resident of Burley passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021, in her home.

Betty was born November 28, 1929, (Thanksgiving night) at her grandparents’ Smith home in View, a small community southeast of Burley. She was the first of eight children born to Marion Lavell and Iona Smith Goold. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a seminary graduate.

Growing up on a farm she learned the value of hard work alongside her two brothers; Keith and Chuck, cutting and picking potatoes and topping and loading beets by hand onto a truck. It was very hard work and the long days ended with milking cows, along with other chores to do with the pigs, chickens, and her favorite, the horses. She spent a lot of her years tending to her younger siblings and earned the nickname of “Hen!”

Her first eight years of school were spent in a small brick school house out in View with two grades per classroom. She walked one-and-a-half miles uphill in both directions to and from school every day in rain, wind, and snow; cold memories!

She graduated from Burley High School in 1948, and her first job was working at the Burley Rexall Drug Store Soda Fountain beginning her senior year of high school.

On August 8, 1948, she married Wesley LaDell Karlson, a returned Navy Seabee, after serving in World War II.

She worked 44 years as a bookkeeper alongside her husband, Wes, in their co-founded company, Wes’s Welding. She always spoke highly of their employees and customers.

They spent 64 years living in Burley and 30 winters in Rancho Mirage, California, playing golf and enjoying warm weather until his passing in 2012. She continued enjoying another five years of warm winters in California and had lived and resided in Burley until her passing.

She was an active member of the ladies golf association, the Beta Sigma Phi Society, as well as several other organizations. She enjoyed many years playing cards in Bridge groups and card games with friends and family. She and Wes traveled to many golf resorts throughout the United States hitting that little white ball around! Fond memories!

She loved traveling to the Philippines as well as Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, France, England, Wales, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Prince Edward Island, and Alaska to visit a grandson and his family; other additional travels included many places within Canada, Mexico and many states within the US.

She loved the outdoors and was very active; walking, working out and yoga training at health clubs at 6:00 a.m. for years! Focused on healthy eating habits, she always tried to keep a positive attitude!! She strived to teach her children and grandchildren the value of hard work, honesty, and integrity, to be kind and understanding to others.

She is survived by her children, Kristine of Missouri state, Kerry of Kennewick, Washington, and Kendell of Burley; 16 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; as well as her sisters, Shirley Saxton of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Linda Smith of Pocatello.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley LaDell; her parents, Marion LaVell and Iona Goold; three brothers, Keith, Charles(Chuck), and a baby brother, two sisters, Rae LaDell, and Marilyn Heward; two granddaughters, Jennie and Tammy Whittaker; and her adopted daughter and exchange student from Australia, Judy Fronk.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at the View Cemetery, located at 600 S. 700 E of Burley. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, June 11, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, or a charity of your choice.

Condolences for Betty J. Karlson

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From Doris & Hayden Ellingham9:
A wonderful friend. She will be greatly missed by family and all who knew her.
From Brent and Jacque Lee:
We loved her very much. She lived a good life. We’re so thankful for her friendship. Our prayers are with her family.
From Claretta Wayment Rittel:
We all loved Betty. Her family was the first people that my parents meet when we first moved to Burley from Utah. The Goolds were best friends. Betty use to baby sit us when we were small. She was great. We listened to a lot of night radio programs. When it rained and thunder hit she put us all under the bed. Loved Betty and the Goold family.
From Derlin Taylor:
Betty is a grand lady with a personality that attracted people to her. She always met me with a smile and a friendly remark. Every time I am in the 13th tee I look up to see if she is on the deck. She leaves a great legacy and will be missed.
From Earl Simpson:
Long time friend, second mom, second big sister. I was always treated as family. I truly enjoyed my winter stays with Wes & Betty in Rancho Mirage in the winters. Played many many rounds of golf with both Wes & Betty.
From Dave and Hanna Powers:
Betty was an exceptional and lovely lady. A thought of comfort and condolences to the grieving family and her many friends
From Russell McElhinney:
Sorry to hear about Betty. I worked for Wes and Betty for many years. She stayed in contact after Wes’s welding was sold. I never new a more honest and humble couple. She will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers to the family
From Bill Parsons:
a great lady had lots of fun at Lions Parties, fun to play golf with
From Irene Larson Thomas:
I am saddened to hear of the passing of cousin Betty. She was a beautiful person inside and out. My thoughts and prayers go out to all her family.
From Jennifer Richardson:
Tuesdays with Betty. It has been an honor to get to know Betty. The last few years I've had the opportunity to work and care for her. She taught me the value of true integrity. I will forever hold a special place in my heart for this amazing women. I will miss her dearly. My condolences to the family.
From Mike and Shanna Farwell:
So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. It is so hard to lose your mom. We wish all the Karlson family peace and comfort at this time.
From Richard Piper :
She was a great lady. I worked for her husband Wes for a long time. It was my first job as a welder.
From Jessie & Carmen Romero :
Our most sincere sympathy to the family of Betty Karlson. We just lost a beautiful neighbor and good friend we will miss her our thoughts and prayers to the family.
From Jill Woodland :
I’m sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was such a good friend to my mom. We stayed in touch and had long conversations on the phone. I have great memories of our trip to Mexico together. She was a wonderful person. My deepest condolences to all of her family.
A life well lived!
From Jean and Garth Freymiller:
sincerest condolences to the entire Karlson family! Betty truly was a special lady and a friend to all who knew her! thoughts and prayers are with you all!!!
From Bonnie Thueson and Linda Halouska:
Our deepest sympathy for Betty’s family. Betty always had a kind word for everyone and such a lovely smile. We will miss her very much. She was a very dear friend to my sister Linda and I. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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