PRICE - As per Mom's request, we are keeping her obituary and services short and simple. Her life was definitely not simple by no means, especially if you had the opportunity to hear any of her interesting stories of days gone by.
Betty was born Jan. 15, 1919 in Watlington, Oxfordshire, England to William and Augusta Hudson and passed away Feb. 8, 2014 in Price.
She married Perce Coles in August of 1939. He was killed in action March of 1940 during World War II. Mom took pride in working for her country during the war and would always tell us about her experiences. Towards the end of the war she fell in love with a handsome young American soldier named Al or as she would put it "a damn yank." Shortly after the war was over they married on Aug. 17, 1945. As a war bride, Mom made the journey across the world to Helper to start her new life with our Dad.
Betty and Alma had four children Brent, Susan (Darren), Denise (Pete) and Doreen (Scott); 12 wonderful grandchildren and their spouses, nineteen special great-grandchildren and another one on the way. Mom is also survived by two brothers, Bill and Peter; sister-in-law, Mary Ann; and many nephews and nieces. Mom adored Mabel her pet cat and companion for the past 16 years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, two brothers, Albert and Cyril; two sisters, Nancy and Eileen; and her daughter Denise.
Mom touched many people's lives in her 95 years. She loved us, cared for us and truly inspired us. Betty will be dearly missed by all that knew her. She will live on forever in our hearts.
"Peace be with you Mom until we meet again"
Betty loved this poem "The Soldier" by British poet Rupert Brooke:
"If I should die, think only this of me;
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts peace, under an English heaven."
Funeral service, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, 11 a.m., at the Price North Stake Center, 449 North 100 East. Family will meet with guests one hour prior to service. Interment, Price City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Betty at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.
On behalf of our Mother and all of us, we would like to thank our dear family and friends for the love and support given to us during this difficult time. A special thanks to Symbii Home Health and Hospice and The Beehive Home for their loving care and compassion.