Bette Lee Whetten passed away peacefully March 3, 2013 after many years of living with the debilitating disease, ataxia.
Mrs. Whetten was born in Garcia, Chihuahua, Mexico as the third child of six given by the Lord to Albert and Pauline (Turley) Beecroft. She married Anthony C. (Tone) Whetten in 1950 and they recently marked their 63rd anniversary.
Mrs. Whetten was preceded in death by her parents; older sister, June Martineau; grandson, Rhett Whetten; and great-granddaughter, Alli Hanson.
She is survived by her husband, Anthony Whetten of Payson; brothers, Jack Beecroft of Linden, Glen Beecroft of Taylor and William “Billy” Beecroft of Heber; and little sister, Lynette Owen of Heber.
“Lita” as her grandkids knew her, was blessed with three children of her own, Anthony C. Whetten Jr. (Stephanie) of Payson, Rhonda Jean East (Murry) of Tucson and Johnny Lee Whetten (Bernadette) of Payson. From this union, Lita leaves a legacy of 14 grandchildren and a multitude of great-grandchildren.
In her 80 years on this earth she was fortunate enough to travel extensively with her family. Tone and Bette have been around the world twice and have sailed on 64 cruises. She and Tone loved to dance and proudly professed that they have literally “danced their way around the world!”
She is now reunited and in the arms of her family and her father-in-heaven and we are so very happy that she can once again use her arms to hug them all and her legs to dance.
We will miss our loving wife, mom, “Sis,” Lita. She left us with a lifetime of fond memories, but none greater than a smile that would brighten up the room, never ending hospitality, sometimes brutal honesty, stubbornness and of course her homemade tamales and corn tortillas. Oh yeah, especially those homemade tortillas!
At Bette’s request, a graveside only service will be held for family and close family friends at 1 p.m., Friday, March 8 at the Heber cemetery with a reception immediately following at the Heber LDS church.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice Compassus, 511 S. Mud Springs Rd., Payson, AZ 85541.