WHAT A JOYOUS REUNION
Betty Joyce Holyoak Foote born November 5, 1930, returned to her Heavenly home September 21, 2023, due to complications from surgery.
Betty was born in Moab Utah the youngest child of Jesse Holyoak and Mattie Blackmore Holyoak. She was the only girl and as such was protected by her two brothers Gilbert and Dale.
Betty’s younger years were spent on the family ranch on the mountain in Moab. There was not any running water or indoor facilities on the ranch, so water had to be brought in from the creek.
One of her jobs was driving the team of horses with the hay wagon in the field to pick up the hay and take it to be stacked.
When she was 13 her family moved into town. Betty’s father Jesse was very good with horses and obtained a job as a wrangler with the movie companies to handle the horses and cattle for the movies. Because of his skill with horses he was chosen to handle the horses for John Wayne. This was very exciting for Jesse.
Betty’s mother Mattie was a nurse and also worked for the phone company on the switchboard. Betty attended school in Moab and graduated from Grand County High School. She loved music and was in the band and the orchestra as well as the choir. This love for music got her a scholarship to Bringham Young University. She attended B.Y.U for about a year but due to her mother’s illness she had to drop out. She then moved in with one of her roommates family in Salt Lake City. She was able to obtain employment as a PBX phone operator at the church office building for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
While in SLC she met a man by the name of Devon Foote. He was a Student at the University of Utah studying to be a teacher. The two dated and fell in love. They married September 18, 1951. They made their home in Salt Lake and had what Betty called her six little miracles. First came Marla then Devon Jr. came long. The next was Boyd, Carmalee, Ruth, then the baby of the family Joyce. Devon and
Betty live in Salt Lake for about 14 years. Devon taught school at Adelaide Elementary in Bountiful and Betty was a homemaker.
Devon then obtained employment at Hill Air Force Base and the family packed up and moved to Layton. They lived in Layton for about a year while they had a house built on almost two acres of ground on Mutton Hollow Road in Kaysville.
Betty loved her little farm, planting a garden and growing strawberries, raspberries and some fruit trees. Betty would have her miracles out picking the strawberries and raspberries and pulling weeds and more weeds and yes, even more weeds. When Betty was no longer able to go out in her yard she would sit by the window and look out longing to be out taking care of her yard. Betty felt that her greatest calling was being a mother and a homemaker. She would make her meals from scratch as well as homemade bread, cookies and pies. The house was always filled with cooking aromas.
Betty stayed at home until all the miracles were in school full time then she obtained employment with the Davis School District Food Service working in the cafeteria. She would help make the meals for the students by scratch every day. She worked her way up the ladder, becoming a manager of one of the school cafeterias. As a manager they did not do a lot of the cooking. It was managerial and bookkeeping. Betty gave up being a manager so that she could go back to doing what she enjoyed and that was cooking.
Betty was devout in her belief of the gospel. She would never miss a meeting on Sunday if she could help it. She was put in as the head of the music for the primary in every ward that she was in. Devon and Betty never moved but were in different wards due to splitting of wards and stakes. She was in the primary for decades, loving every minute of it. She loved teaching the songs to the children, and she got to be involved in what she loves, which is music. When she was finally released, she mentioned that she had finally graduated from primary.
Betty loved the Lord and the gospel. She would read the scriptures as often as she could. She would try and keep the commandments, one of which was keep the sabbath day holy. There was to be no work on Sunday. One of the miracles forgot this and started the lawn mower on Sunday to mow the lawn and Betty came out of the house like a banty chicken and chased that miracle around the yard.
Betty is survived by her six miracles, Marla Foote, Devon Foote Jr. (Barbara), Boyd (Cindy) Foote, Carmalee (Jeff) Mitchell, Ruth Larios, Joyce (Dave) Lewis. 19 grandchildren and 26 great- grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother-in-law Neldon Foote.
Preceding Betty in death was her loving husband Devon Warren Foote, Betty’s parents, Jesse and Mattie Holyoak, Betty’s brothers Gilbert (Lanae) Holyoak, Dale Holyoak and a baby that died in infancy Floyd Don. Devon’s siblings Arnold (Thelma) Foote, Maureen (Francis) Dupaix, Lloyd (Ardeen) Foote, Odell (Helen) Foote, Lois Andrews, Iown (Kay) Jensen, Melba (Dick) Morris.
Funeral services will be held Thursday September 28, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Crestwood Stake Center 855 East Mutton Hollow Rd. Kaysville, Utah. Friends may visit with family on September 27, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary 1867 N Fairfield Rd and again from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. the day of the service at the church.
Interment will be at Lakeview Heights Memorial Park, 1640 Lakeview Drive, Bountiful Utah.
The Family would like to give special thanks to the Doctors and Nurses at McKay-Dee Hospital for their awesome service and care to mother while she was there. In our opinion these are the most exceptional Doctors and Nurses in the universe.
We would also like to give special thanks to moms, neighbors and friends that have helped her for the past several years. Especially Joan Card for always taking the time to visit with mother and planting and taking care of her flowers in the front of the house, they always looked exceptional. And her other neighbor Wilma Watts who has been a special friend. These and many others too numerous to
mention were always in moms thoughts and prayers for their unselfish ministering to her.
Services will be live-streamed by going to www.lindquistmortuary.com and scrolling to the bottom of Betty's obituary page.