Jan 092013

Elizabeth Ellen “Betty” Petty, 91, died just after noon on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sierra Blanca Nursing Center in Lakeside from causes incident to her age. A graveside service and interment will begin at 11 o’clock this morning (Jan. 11) at East Lawn Palms Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Road in Tucson, where she will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Martin Petty.
Betty was born on July 16, 1921, in New Castle, Pa., to the late Clarence E. and Blanche B. (Maffatt) Monath.
Betty married the first of her life’s loves, Edwin Robert Moffett, in 1940. In 1955, Betty and Edwin brought their family out west to Arizona from Kansas City, Mo., and called Tucson “home” for many years.
Edwin was a true Christian in every sense of the word, and daily tried to live his Christian values. In the words of his son, “He was a great man.” Betty was known for her spunky attitude and vibrant life, and, want-ing to emulate her husband, she allowed him to “keep her in line.” She, too, was a devout Christian and al-ways tried to follow the Lord’s admonition to “love one another.” They had a wonderful marriage together, and raised respectful and responsible children.
In 1962, Betty’s world was turned upside down when Edwin died following a lengthy illness.
She missed him very much but, a few short years later, her life was turned right side up again. In 1965, Betty married the second of her life’s loves, Martin Alfred Petty. The couple spent the next 40 years together as husband and wife. Together they struggled, and grew, from the ups and downs that life had to offer, and always ended up better people for having the experience. Martin died in 2005 and Betty had to endure the heartache of that loss as well.
Betty was an excellent seamstress, and literally spent thousands of hours making beautiful and handsome clothes for her family and friends. Few people possessed the talent she had when it came to sewing and few ever will.
It has been said of Betty that she truly loved the Lord and she spent countless days in the service of others. She volunteered with the Salvation Army for many years in Tucson and was an active member of its Home League. If ever there was anything that needed to be done, Elizabeth was there, giving of herself, making sure it got done. She loved to read her Bible and did so daily. That is where she learned that when in the service of others, she was only in the service of her God. She loved the people she met at the Salvation Army, as well as those she worked with there. She was a longtime member of the Salvation Army Church and, since moving to the White Mountains in 2003, Betty was actively involved with the Salvation Army White Mountain Outpost.
This incredibly dynamic woman will be missed by many, but none will miss her more than her own family.
Survivors include her two children, Bob (Susan) Moffett of Snowflake and Ellen (Ron) Frame of Rigby, Idaho, and Tucson; a sister, Ethel Hatfield of Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren, Danny Moffett of Snow-flake, Mitchell Moffett of Globe, Stacey Stanislawski of White Mountain Lake and Joleen (Dustin) Sheldon of Tucson; and three great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Stanislawski, Joey Gonzalves and Tyler Benton.
Along with her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by four siblings, Edward Monath, J.T. Monath, Frances Schell and Anna Merle Monath.
Memorial contributions in her name to the White Mountain Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 1975, Lake-side, Ariz. 85937, or to the Salvation Army White Mountain Outpost, P.O. Box 490, Show Low, Ariz. 85902, have been suggested by her family.
Owens Livingston Mortuary-White Mountain Chapel in Show Low was in charge of the arrangements.