Betty Joy Burnett

Betty Joy Burnett


Betty Joy Burnett
In Loving Memory

Betty Joy Burnett the star of many a backyard BBQ, fishing trip, Sun Valley vacations, heart-to-heart councilor, family referee, and chauffeur of her children’s dreams has gone to God’s greater glory on December 29th surrounded by family. Betty was born in Salt Lake City on May 17th 1932 at Holy Cross Hospital to Ray and Winnie Ollis. She spent her formative years adding glamour and style to the halls of South High School. Just after high school she met the dashing University of Utah Marching band trumpet player Clyde Burnett. It was a love for the generations. While Clyde worked sometimes two jobs, Betty managed the house with the wisdom of Gandhi and direction of General Patton. With all of Clyde’s hunting and fishing, Betty was one of the great wild game cooks in North America.
Betty’s frequent flier miles were earned in a 60’s Woodie station wagon crisscrossing the Salt Lake Valley to help her children attend violin, piano, voice, sports and many other types of lessons. Betty and Clyde loved life and their lives together. Betty was involved in P.E.O., American Baptist Women, and various Masonic organizations, of which the highlight for them were the Masonic New Year’s Eve parties. Betty was an active member of First Baptist Church for 65 years and held many positions, and loved most of all her sisters in the Church’s Ruth Circle.
She is survived by her children, Ken (Ann), Bruce (Dana), Lisa (Mark), son-in law Kelly Nelson, her sisters Ada, Bonnie, Pat, and the luckiest grandchildren on the planet. Betty is preceded in death by her husband Clyde and daughter Brenda Nelson. Now Mom can join Clyde fishing, with Brenda playing the violin while she is making her world famous macaroni salad.
The funeral will be on Friday, January 6th at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church (777 South 1300 East). The family will host a visitation on Thursday, January 5th from 6:00-8:00 pm at the church. In lieu of flowers please donate to the First Baptist Church Foundation. Services are under the direction of City View Mortuary where condolences can be left at

1 Comment
  • Alisa Motzkus
    Posted at 10:16h, 06 January Reply

    Betty & Clyde have been our neighbors and friends for years! When we first moved in Clyde brought his many tools and expertise when we were trying to tear out our overgrown shrubs. Betty has always been a sweet neighbor welcoming us for visits. I loved watching her play catch in the front yard with her grandchildren. I have missed both of them and I send my condolences to your great family that they absolutely treasured!

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