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Betty Lou Kidman Stanley was born on September 7, 1932 in a small community west of Logan, Utah called Beaver Dam. She was the fourth child of six born to Delbert Kidman Sr. and Elizabeth B. Andrew-Kidman. She was also the first girl, so she was relentlessly teased by her three older brothers. Her mother died of cancer when Betty was 12 years old, and she grieved her mother’s death the rest of her life. After her mother’s death, she became her daddy’s little girl and followed him wherever he went.
When Betty was 19 years old, she was working in a café in Logan when some friends convinced her to attend a blind date. That blind date is when she met the handsome young man that was to become her eternal companion, Richard C. Stanley. They were married on December 21, 1951 in Logan, Utah. Richard was in the ROTC program at Utah State University which led him to join the Air Force as a pilot. Betty then found herself moving quite often as the Air Force stationed Richard at various bases around the country. They had six children, each born in a different state and the two of them being born in Japan while Richard was stationed there. Richard served in Vietnam while Betty stayed alone with six small children. She bravely made it through the year that he was gone.
When Richard retired from the Air Force, they moved to their final home in Lewis, Colorado where Richard was born and raised so they could take care of Richard’s parents. While living in Lewis, Betty became the postmaster for the Lewis Post Office, where she worked for the next 20 years. She was very active in her church and community. Betty was a wonderful homemaker as she did a lot of canning, quilting, sewing, and various other crafts. She was a devoted wife and mother.
Betty died peacefully in her home on December 21, 2021, her 70th wedding anniversary. What a wonderful reunion that must have been as she joined her husband once more for a whole new adventure!
Betty is survived by her six children, Cynthia J. Stanley-Thompson (Charles)of Lewis, CO, Richard C. Stanley Jr. (Janna) of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Darrell O. Stanley (Connie) of Midway, Utah, Dawn L. Stanley-Jones (David) of Los Alamos, New Mexico, Bryan D. Stanley of Coleville, Utah, and Daniel D. Stanley of Henderson, Nevada. She has 18 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.
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