Bettie passed away on November 24, 2021, at the age of 81. She was born May 10, 1940, in Mountain View, Wyoming, to Ralph and Margaret Shurtleff Anderton. She married Dale Kessimakis in 1958, later divorcing. Bettie loved to travel, read, garden, and enjoyed dabbling in the stock market. She was incredibly patriotic; she loved her country and the American flag that waved outside her living room window. Bettie’s greatest joy in life was her family. She’d bend every listening ear with stories and memories of their adventures. She leaves behind three daughters, Cindy Skinner, Laurie (James) Forsman, Danna (Dave) Smith, six grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her sisters, Carol (Vaughn) Barrett, Donna (Marty) Terry, Barbi Ford, her brothers, Les, Clark, Ralph Anderton, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. Bettie is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Diana Sparks, Alice Hamilton, Louise McAllister, Baby Jean, Bob Anderton, and Kenneth Anderton. Her absence leaves a void in the lives of many, but we can find comfort in the words of author Hazel Gaynor, “To live in the hearts of those we love is never to die.”

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A private graveside service will be held for the immediate family. In addition, Bettie will be honored in a virtual celebration of life via a video memorial in the coming months. In place of flowers, please send donations in her memory to The American Legion Auxiliary, National Headquarters, 3450 Founders Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268.


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Memorial Redwood Mortuary & Cemetery
6500 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT

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Nov 30, 2021

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So sorry to have heard of her passing. I met Betty when she approached me regarding her windows at her home. I was young and working as a window washer for a living. I returned to wash her windows 1-2 times yearly for several years and would always get lost just talking and joking with her. She was a wonderful person who left an impression and I often think about.

C. Carter Feb 19, 2022

Always so nice to me and supportive of my career as an author.

Rest peacefully in the arms of our maker.

With care and gratitude,

Linda Whalen

Linda Whalen , Acampo, CA, US Dec 02, 2021

The bluest eyes, no picture could ever do you justice, You were so beautiful and did every thing just right , At 9 years old I started going to the laundromat with you after folding about 5,000 diapers perfectly, I would run off & entertain my nieces. They were so cute & fun.

When Dr. Zhivago came out, I would do the big bouffant hairdo on you & everyone would say, that you looked just like Lara. You were always so beautiful.

Always in my heart, then & now Donna T

Donna Terry , South Jordan, UT, US Dec 02, 2021

May you rest in peace ☮️

Teresa Costanza Dec 02, 2021

I have many great memories of my sister Bettie. I stayed at her house a few times during my younger years. I was close to her and her daughters.

Recently, while visiting my family in Utah, I stayed a couple of days at Betties. We talked about everything.

We hugged and told each other “ I love you”. I am thankful for the times that I spent with her. I will miss her.

Barbara , San Jose, CA, US Dec 01, 2021

Aunt Betty was an amazing person. She was always so positive and so pleasant to be around. Should always give me a lot of compliments on myself that boosted myself esteemed tremendously. My mom Alice Hall was very close with Betty and my kids when they were in grade school would go over and play cards with Betty all the time I have so many fond memories of her I'm going to miss her very much. Love you Aunt Betty

Lyn Archibald , West Valley, UT, US Dec 01, 2021