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Obituary: Betty Jane Griffith Carlston

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Will Be Missed

Our beautiful mother, Betty Jane Griffith Carlston, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, January 25, 2004, after a valiant fight with kidney failure.

She was born in Portland, Oregon while her parents were traveling. She was the only child of Harry Leroy and Lee Elizabeth Griffith. After graduating from East High School, she moved to Los Angeles, California, to live with her cousins Bob and Bill Breer. She worked there as a secretary for Patterson-Ballagh for several years. She returned to Salt Lake during the war and was appointed Executive Secretary to the Junior Chamber of Commerce, a position usually filled by a man. She was always very proud of having done that.

She met and married Arthur Ray Carlston in May 1948. They were later divorced. At that time she became both mother and father to her three children and continued in that role her entire life. She provided every needful thing for her family while continuing her career as a secretary. She worked for various offices in Salt Lake. She retired in 1993, after working for I J Wagner and St Regis Paper Company. While in this position, Mr. Wagner bought and developed Trolley Square. Betty played a significant role in that development of which she was very proud. After retirement, she enjoyed playing bingo and met and enjoyed the company of many friends.

She is survived by her children, Mike and Terry Carlston, both of Salt Lake and her daughter, Saundra (Mike) Anderson of Hudson, Wyoming; four grandchildren, Trevor, Michelle and Melissa Carlston and Matt Anderson; one great-grandson, Kayin; and many friends. She also leaves her little dog Muffin, who was her constant companion and she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law, Margie Carlston; and grandson Tyler Carlston.

The family would like to thank Dr. Segu and Dr. Barklow, for their professional care and time they spent helping our mother. A group of angels came to our rescue in the end, the staff of Care Source Hospice. Words cannot express our gratitude.

Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 at 11 a.m. Friends and family may visit at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple Wed. evening from 6-8 p.m., and Thurs. one hour prior to the service. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery.