Betty was born at home in Cripple Creek, CO, to Roger F. and Pearl E. (Walker) Walton. She was the youngest child, born several years after her oldest sister, Elsie, and brother James (Jim). Betty was a Colorado native and lived all but a year of her life in Colorado, including the towns of Cripple Creek, Grand Junction, Fruitvale, Fruita, New Castle and Silt.
Betty graduated from Fruita Union High school, class of 1956, and briefly attended Western State College.
On Jan. 18, 1959, Betty married Dennis Jones Mahan, and they were happily married for 47 years before he passed away in 2006. They were the parents of four sons, two of whom died shortly after birth. Her parents and her brother Jim also preceded her in death.
Betty was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and she served faithfully in many callings over the years. She helped with the Cub and Boy Scouts, as well as the young women and the Relief Society organizations. She also served with Dennis as a Stake Missionary, was her ward's Primary President, and most recently held the calling of ward meetinghouse librarian. Betty was dedicated, organized and cared deeply for the people she served. Her talents blessed the lives of many.
The majority of Betty's working career was spent as a medical receptionist and office manager, working at the Lower Valley Hospital in Fruita, and then the last several years in the employ of the Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Elsie and Tommy Combs, sister-in-law Marj Walton, son and daughter-in-law, Michael Roger and Cindy Mahan, and son Mitchell Darrin Mahan. Her legacy also includes seven granddaughters, two grandsons, and six great-granddaughters.
Betty was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, great-aunt, Gram and Great-Gram. She loved to cook for and fuss over the people she loved; her children and grandchildren will always remember her chocolate chip cake, enchiladas, macaroni and tomatoes, potato salad and homemade rolls!
Memorial services will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Rifle 2nd Ward LDS Chapel. Betty will be interred with Dennis at a later date in Veterans Memorial Park in Grand Junction, Colorado. Services were entrusted to the care of the Blackburn Rio Blanco Mortuary.