In Loving Memory of
Betty Rae Harvey Mann
Betty Rae Harvey Mann came into this world on October 15, 1930, the third of eight children born to Sarah Rebecca Hawkins and Raphael Anderson Harvey. After a long life of service, she passed away on October 2, 2021, just 13 days before her 91st birthday.
Betty spent her childhood in Lewiston, Benson and Cornish where she loved joining her older brothers while hunting for arrowheads and playing in the open fields. Growing up during the depression her family was "poor" (at one time living in a renovated chicken coop), she often said she was rich in love since she was adored by her parents and siblings and she adored them. Her family eventually moved to Tooele, Utah where she attended Tooele High School. When she was 15, Betty and a friend were "strolling in downtown Tooele" and happened to meet a handsome 21-year-old Navy veteran who had recently returned from fighting in World War II. After a 3-year courtship, Betty and Robert L. Mann were married on October 22, 1948, and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on April 17, 1962. Betty and Bob moved to Midvale in 1955 and raised their children there.
Betty's greatest joy in life was her family and the greatest sorrow of her life was losing her sweet little five-year old son Bobby. Her faith sustained her through this time and led her husband, Bob, to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he found joy and comfort in the gospel.
Homemaking was extremely important to Betty. Her house was always clean, and dinner (which almost always included Jello) was on the table at 5:00 pm sharp. She was famous for her lasagna and apple pie. Her grandchildren adored her grilled cheese sandwiches (which many have tried to replicate without success, probably because they were missing the main ingredient - her special love). Sleepovers always included the Match Game, Aggravation and hot chocolate with toast. Betty and Bob had a ½ acre garden, and Betty could be found most summer days planting, weeding, and caring for the garden and her flowerbeds. When she wasn't outside, Betty was in her home canning fresh-picked fruits and vegetables, quilting beautiful and cozy quilts, sewing clothing for her children, creating amazing scrapbooks, writing in her journal, working on genealogy, or composing poems. After Bob retired, the two of them enjoyed traveling in their motor home. Bob and Betty celebrated 72 years of marriage on October 28, 2020.
Service should have been Betty's middle name since she spent so much of her time helping others. When her mother-in-law and disabled sister-in-law moved in next door, Betty cared for both of them on a daily basis for many years. Betty and her sisters were devoted daughters who traveled weekly to Tooele to care for their aging parents for several years. She could be found helping with funerals, taking meals and treats to friends or delivering fresh produce from their garden to neighbors. She tended her grandchildren and great-grandchildren regularly, and, as an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, served in many callings.
Betty is a cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother; we look forward to seeing her again. She is survived by her children Karen Mitchell, Cindy (Darrell) Pehrson, Troy (Kristin) Mann, 12 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great- grandchildren, and sisters Shauna (Keith) Peterson and Bonnie (Joe) Beck. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bob, son Bobby, son-in-law Tom Mitchell, and siblings Jay, Max, Richard, Mildred, and Clair.
The family wishes to thank Rachel and the wonderful caregivers at Abbington Senior Living Center who cared for Betty and filled her last months with fun activities, good food and love. We also want to thank Quality Hospice who helped make her last days as comfortable as possible.
A funeral will be held Friday, October 8, 2021 at 10:30 am at the Parkway Stake Center located at 619 West 5750 South, Murray, UT 84123. The family requests that you wear a mask at the service. The service will also be available via Zoom. Please click this link to join the Zoom webinar:
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Due to COVID restrictions and concerns within the family, an informal viewing will begin at 10:00 am for family and friends. Family members will not be in the viewing room to greet guests. Interment will follow the service at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, UT 84092.