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Betty Mae Steele Coombs, 76, of Santaquin, left this world on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 after a long and eventful life. She was born December 3, 1930 to Chester Cloy "Chum" and Edna Mae Wickman Steele. She lived most of her life in Santaquin and traveled for a few years to construction sites in other states with her husband Ken, of 54 years. He loved her deeply all the days of her life. They were married September 19, 1952. Together they had 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 3 great grandsons. Mom loved to travel with Dad and took many wonderful trips across the Western United States, Canada and Mexico. She loved reading every historical marker, and knowing everything about any site they visited before going there. She loved camping and roasting hotdogs over the fire until they spit. Picnics in the spring when the trees were in bloom and the air was sweet were her favorite. Spring was her favorite time of the year, and she could hardly wait to sit out on the lawn with dad and "watch the world be re-born". She knew everything would improve when the humming birds came to her porch where they would always find a feeder full of nectar. Mom was a lot like the humming birds she admired. She loved being busy and was well known for helping others. It seemed taking care of the widows and orphans was a calling for her and dad. What was theirs was yours if your need was greater. As kids we didn't dare eat anything in the fridge until we asked, "Is this for the relief society?" She was an active member of the LDS church. She worked in primary for 25 years, with the young women, and was a visiting teacher for many years. She was very civic minded and we learned at an early age to vote in elections, help your community, and take care of your family, friends and neighbors. In 1946 she was a Santaquin City Queen. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 84 and a right of passage as one of her children was selling poppies each May to help disabled veterans. She was an active member of the Daughters of the Pioneers. But most of all, she was Betty Grandma. She was a fabulous cook, never used recipes, she liked to read, rooted for the Jazz, and loved mud racing. A special thanks to the Davita Dialysis Center in Provo, and Trent Coombs for all their tender loving care. She fought the good fight and endured to the end and she will be missed more than words could ever express. Mom was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, a sister and a granddaughter. She is survived by her husband Ken, 4 sisters and 1 brother and her children, Steele (Marilyn) Coombs, Santaquin, Cheryl (Gary) Evans, Payson, Mitch (Patti) Coombs, Santaquin, and Clayton (Clarice) Coombs, Santaquin. A viewing will be held on Sunday, May 6th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Santaquin North Stake Center, 545 North 200 East and Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services at 11:00 a.m. Burial, Santaquin Cemetery under the direction of Holladay-Brown Funeral Home, Santaquin.
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