Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Nation


Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Nation, 93, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, formerly of Miles City, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at her home. She was under the care of her family and Access Home Care and Hospice.

Mrs. Nation was born May 27, 1920, in Crawford, Neb., the sixth child of seven born to Roy Churchill Curtis and Minnie Julia Clements Curtis. She attended Crawford High School and then in Montana she became a medical records terminologist.

On April 16, 1939, she married Clark W. Nation in Hot Springs, S.D. He died April 28, 1997.

In addition to living in Crawford, Neb., and Hot Springs, S.D., Mrs. Nation lived in Miles City. After Mr. Nation died, she moved to Idaho, living first in Rigby and later in Idaho Falls.

She worked as a telephone operator, a grocery store clerk and a hardware store clerk. Mrs. Nation worked as an assistant registrar for the Veterans Administration for 25 years. Following her retirement from the VA, she was the medical coordinator at the Broadus rest home for two years.

In Miles City, Mrs. Nation was a member for a number of years of the Range Rider Reps and the Retired and Seniors Volunteer Program director from 1981 to 1983. In Rigby, she had been a member of the E.S.A. Sorority since 1999.

Mrs. Nation joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and became an active member serving in many leadership positions in all areas of the church.

She enjoyed reading, crocheting, traveling, quilting and fishing. Mrs. Nation was an adventurous, independent, person who loved her family, life, her church and politics.

Jean Wooten provided loving care for Mrs. Nation.

Her survivors include her daughters: Joanne (Eldon) Morrell of Firth, Idaho, and Diana Nation of Idaho Falls; her son: David (Donna) Nation of Miles City; 10 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Clark Nation, she was preceded in death by her sons: Gordon Earl and Frank Duane Nation; a great-grandson, Brandon Weston Morrell; and a daughter-in-law, Earlene Nation.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in the Ammon LDS 15th Ward Chapel, 1925 E. 49 South in Idaho Falls. The family will visit with friends Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls, and at the church on Friday one hour prior to the services. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in the Custer County Cemetery in Miles City.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Idaho Falls Food Bank or the Good Fellows.

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