Betty Jean Barr Aydelotte was born December 7, 1941 (you read that date right – she loved telling people she was born on Pearl Harbor Day), in Salt Lake City Utah to Jasper L. and Virginia D. Barr. She grew up the 5th of 8 children. Betty is a big sister to Patsy Barr, Keith Barr, and Michael Barr. Betty grew up a tomboy; always looking for an adventure, or something new to try. It made her the perfect mother to five rambunctious boys. As a girl, she had curly red hair and a twinkle in her eye (the twinkle stayed throughout her life). One of Betty’s first jobs was with the Deseret News. She loved to tell the story of how she went to work too early one morning so she decided to take a nap in the lobby of the Hotel Utah, only to be awakened by President David O. McKay, who checked to make sure she was alright, and, after some conversation, went to start her work day. Betty has many stories of growing up in the Salt Lake Valley, as her father worked for the railroad as a conductor, and she helped care for her siblings.
When Betty was just 20 years old, and already engaged to someone else, she met a Naval Officer who was passing through town to also get engaged to someone. His name was John Aydelotte. John was sweet, funny, and caring, and they both knew immediately that they wanted to be married to each other. It was a relatively quick long-distance courtship filled with many letters and visits, whenever possible. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on October 10, 1962, and moved to San Diego for John’s work. Not long after the wedding, Betty and John began to grow their family. They raised 5 boys, during the course of their nearly 60 years together on this earth. Throughout life’s ups and downs, Betty and John worked hard to continue to grow their friendship and spend as much time together as they could. Betty played an active role in teaching her boys the wonders of the outdoors and finding humor in many situations. Betty also taught each of her boys to cook and do their own laundry. She taught them the value of hard work and caring for others.
Betty had many talents, one of which was her cooking. She could make something amazing out of almost anything she had on hand. She loved sharing her recipes with others, in the hopes that these parts of herself would bring others as much joy as they did to her. Another notable talent was the ability to make others feel seen, loved, and special. She had the most compassionate heart when it came to bearing others' burdens. Betty was a wonderful listener who could do so without judgment, and always made you feel even more loved by the end of your visit with her. She also like to tease, and kept her humor until the very end of her life, teasing the loving nurses and staff at Stonehenge of Ogden care facility, until the very end. She loved making others laugh.
Betty loved her daughters-in-law. After 5 boys, she was so excited to have daughters come into her life. Betty never tired of helping and teaching wherever she could, with regard to her daughters-in-law. She helped raise many of her grandchildren and taught them lessons that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Betty loved any opportunity to teach or serve her family. This love extended well beyond the boundaries of her blood relatives. Betty loved others. She loved serving others and held many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Some of these included Sunday school teacher, Primary teacher, Nursery leader, and Relief Society President. She made many friends and touched many lives throughout her time on this earth. One of Betty’s greatest friends in this life, besides her dear husband, was Ann Woodworth. Their friendship formed back in Concord, California through church. Soon, both families became involved from Sunday dinners to family vacations together. Ann, as well as her children, are still very close friends to Betty’s children. Betty and Ann joked and laughed and talked for over 33 years. Betty truly treasured her friendship with Ann.
Betty left this world on April 1st, 2022. If she could have chosen a day to go, it most certainly would have been April Fool’s Day. Betty passed away peacefully, anxious to reunite with her sweet John, whom she had missed terribly for the three years since his passing. She left us at the wonderful age of 80, having given her family the opportunity to care for and love, and serve her for the last several years of her life. We feel blessed to have been loved so fiercely by Betty. We know she has reunited with her sweet husband and other loved ones who left this life before her.
Betty is a sister to: J. Leroy (“Rusty”) Barr, Ruth Tripp, Ronald A. Barr, Richard A. Barr, Keith L. Barr, Patsy A. Kelly, and Michael A. Barr. She has five sons: Jeffrey T. Aydelotte, David M. Aydelotte W. Scot Aydelotte, Stephen P. Aydelotte and J. Glenn Aydelotte (Tammy). Betty also has two daughters-in-law who will always be part of the family (whether they like it or not): Dorothy Aydelotte, TJ Aydelotte. Grandchildren of Betty are: Cassandra Peterson (Travis), Guy Aydelotte, Amanda Aydelotte, Jaina Aydelotte, Jessica Hebdon (Logan), Spencer Aydelotte, Todd Aydelotte, Allison DeGolier (Kody), Brendan Aydelotte, Hannah Aydelotte, Stella Aydelotte, Ruby Aydelotte, Audrey Aydelotte (Audrey will tell you that ‘Grammy’ was her best friend). Betty was also a great-grandmother to: Rebekah, Mary, and Zelda.
A Graveside service will be held for Betty at the Del Norte Cemetery in Del Norte, Colorado on May 14th, 2023 where she will be buried next to her Husband.