Betty Somerville (Nelson) Scarlett

Betty Somerville (Nelson) Scarlett passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 9, 2015.

She was born in Moab on March 22, 1927 to Stewart & Lola Somerville. Betty was raised on the Somerville Ranch and attended school in Moab. On August 20, 1946, she married Weston O. Nelson in Aztec, New Mexico and to this union were born seven children; Jack, Clistie, Dena, Kenny, Noelan, Kevin and Craig. She was married to Weston for 16 years until his passing in 1962. On May 19, 1976, Betty married Wayne Scarlett in Moab; they were married for 32 years until his passing in 2008.

Betty was very creative and talented; she loved doing any and all kinds of crafts, including painting, knitting, wood working – she tried them all. One of her favorites was painting Betty Boops, which became a collective hobby for her. Other hobbies included bowling on a league, playing darts, fishing and most recently, Wii Bowling, where she loved “taking her kids down!” Betty owned Betty’s Alibi in the mid 60s; she worked at the Silver Dollar in the early 70s and also at a local sewing factory. Betty loved her family and was happiest when they were all around.

Betty was faced with many challenges in her lifetime all of which she prevailed, she never let anything keep her down, teaching us all to never give up.

She was preceded in death by her mom and dad, Stewart and Lola Somerville; husband Weston Nelson; son Noelan Nelson; husband Wayne Scarlett; several grand and great grandchildren; and son-in-law Albert Wood.

She is survived by her brother Sam (Darlene) Somerville of Moab; children Jack Nelson of Riverton, Wyoming; Clistie (Ward) Tucker of Moab; Dena Wood, Moab; Kenny Nelson of Spring Creek, Nevada; Kevin (Darleen) Nelson of Moab; Craig (Mary) Nelson of Yuma, Arizona; along with 16 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren and 27 great, great grandchildren.

There will be a viewing at Spanish Valley Mortuary on Friday, January 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 17, at the LDS Church North Chapel on 4th North at 11 a.m. A graveside dedication will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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