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Betty Gae Howe
Betty Gae Smith Amsden Howe was born February 17, 1933 in Cardston, Alberta, Canada and passed away peacefully Friday, October 15, 2021 in Ogden, Utah. She was the second child and first daughter born to Frederick M. Smith and Zina Jacobs Smith. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington and became a citizen of the United States in her 20’s. She married Gregory Amsden and with him had four children; they later divorced.
She was born with undeveloped retinas, which caused her to be legally blind from birth and she became totally blind later in life. Despite her visual handicap, she returned to school when her youngest child started first grade. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Weber State University with a 4.0 average. She was a special education teacher at Canyon View Elementary in Ogden for 17 years.
In August of 2000, she married Robert Howe and welcomed his five children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren with open arms. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a strong testimony of her Savior, Jesus Christ. She taught her children to work hard and to never give up and to be good examples to others.
She is predeceased by her parents, older brother Kumen and her husband Robert Howe. She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Annette and Jim Mease of Boise, Idaho; Joyce and Eric Wilkinson of St. George, Utah; Robert and Katie Amsden of South Ogden, Utah and Keith and Leslie Amsden of Riverdale, Utah. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren: Kaille Phillips, Kamren Wilkinson, Shayla Basile, Kirra Dixon, Kara Mease, Matthew Amdsen, Kendra Mease, Tate Wilkinson, Luke Amsden and Connor Mease; and her 3 great-grandchildren: Fallon, Roland and Milo Phillips.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11 am at Aaron’s Mortuary, 496 24th Street, Ogden, Utah. Viewings will be held Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 6 to 8 pm and Friday, from 10 to 10:45 am at the mortuary She will be buried in the Ogden City Cemetery.
She was a lovely lady. She married my grandfather. I loved speaking with her. She always had a smile and made me feel loved. Im proud to call her my grandma. She'll really be missed.
Jodi Becerril Oct 22 2021 5:31 PM
Betty always had a smile on her face despite the challenges of life. She treated me and my kids with love as we took care of her lawn for a few years. We will miss her goodness.
Dale Wilkinson Oct 21 2021 8:29 PM
Betty always treated me with kindness & I enjoyed visiting with her at family events. She has a great smile & raised some pretty incredible children!
Karen Amsden Oct 20 2021 11:56 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Betty Howe
Brenda Brunt Oct 20 2021 12:27 PM
I wish that I could have spent more time with Betty, she was blessed with an indomitable spirit and was an inspiration to those that were fortunate to have known her. She was truly a ray of light.
Bob Massie Oct 20 2021 9:25 AM
Betty was a great friend me and my family. It is with great sadness to me in her passing but I know what joy she is experiencing to be able to see and be with her parents and brother. She was a very happy individual in spite of her problems and she did have a great testimony of the gospel and like she instilled in her children, she never gave up. May the family feel at peace and find comfort from the love and memories you shared knowing that she lived her life in an exemplary way.
Jerry and Nedra Peterson Oct 19 2021 6:48 PM