Betty Louise Lynch

Betty Louise Colfelt Lynch, 95, passed away on June 27, 2023, in South Jordan, Utah. She was born on May 29, 1928, in Stockton, California to Henry Robert “Heinie” and Ora R Allred Colfelt. She married Truman Everette Lynch on June 23, 1945, in Stockton, California. It was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on July 2, 1948. They enjoyed 78 years together. Their family grew to include six children.

Betty spent her life in service to the Lord in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Being a very active member in several wards throughout her married life, she used her talents most often serving as a ward organist, chorister, choir director, and music chairman. She was a gifted teacher and taught the gospel in every auxiliary. She also served in leadership callings in Primary, MIA, and Relief Society. She and Truman were temple workers in the St. George Temple for 35 years. During that time, they served three full-time missions for the Church. – Saskatchewan, Canada, Spokane, Washington, and Granby Colorado. Betty was a prolific reader and studied the gospel literally to the very day she died.

She believed in the value of genealogical research, was involved in name extraction work for many years. She was active in the indexing program and worked on her computer from home well into her nineties. She indexed and reviewed 667,261 family history records.

Professionally, Betty was a skilled secretary. Her employers always depended on her “people skills” and ability to manage. Among other businesses she worked for an airline, a college, a university, Kanab City office, and managed two medical offices for several doctors.

Music was her passion. Her piano playing talent gave her a lifetime of opportunities to accompany individuals, choirs, classes, family, and friends. “Betty Lou”, or “Boopie”, as her mother called her began singing as a child and never stopped. She loved barbershop harmony. When her home burned to the ground and she lost everything, her family lived in a shack for fourteen months. The only furniture was a table, beds, and a piano. The first piece of furniture in the “new” house was a stereo record player.

Betty was active politically. Being conservative in her thinking, she worked to teach and restore true Constitutional principles. She fought to preserve a moral society for her posterity.

Betty is survived by her husband, and her children, Peggy Allred, Patty Wilcox (Robin), Gerald Lynch (Lyn), Richard Lynch (Gina), and Barbara Connell (Rick). Her posterity includes 23 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren, and ten great-great-grandchildren with 4 more on the way.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Dauna and Jackie, and her infant son, Larry.

Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 10115 Yorkshire Drive, South Jordan, Utah, 84095 on Thursday, July 6th at 11:00 a.m. with a viewing prior from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The burial will be on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at 10 a.m. at the Kanab City Cemetery in Kanab, Utah.

In lieu of flowers, Betty asks that you please donate to the family history fund:


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  1. Linda Schoenfeld July 6, 2023 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    She was a wonderful woman, it was fun to be around her – always cheerful and positive. Always smiling.

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