Salt Lake Retired Firefighters Association


In Memory . . .

Betty Mae Slack Kenworthy
1926 ~ 2010

Betty M. Kenworthy, 83, of St. George, passed away on June 11, 2010, of natural causes, incident to age. Betty was born on August 2, 1926, to Harold Lloyd Slack and Louise Robison in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her natural parents divorced and she was raised by her mother and her step-father, Lynn D. Bernard in Tooele, Utah. While attending school in Tooele, she met the love of her life, William Earl Kenworthy, Sr. They fell in love and married June 7, 1945, in Tooele. They later moved to Sacramento, CA, when Earl was sent to serve with the Merchant Marine. Betty loved Sacramento, but eventually they returned to Salt Lake City, and then Murray, Utah, to settle. They had two children together, William Earl "Bill" Kenworthy, Jr. and Diane Lynn Kenworthy Kanady. Betty lived a full life, was very active in her community. She was President of the Women's Club in Murray, worked at Seaboard Finance for years, but her favorite job was as Administrative Secretary to the Chief of the Salt Lake City Fire Department, where she retired after 18 years of service. Upon retirement, Betty and Earl moved to St. George, Utah, where a lot of the retired firefighters and friends had already moved. They had a wonderful life there and she will miss all her friends. Betty is survived by her son, William Earl "Bill" (Rose) Kenworthy of Riverton, UT; daughter, Diane Lynn (Wayne) Kanady of Ammon, ID; four grandchildren, Jason, Jonathan (Stacey), Jared (Sabrina), Brandon; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Barbara Correll; and one nephew, Allen Beers. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl and a grandson, Justin Kenworthy. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 17, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George. There will be a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to services, at the Mortuary. Interment will take place in the Tonaquint Cemetery, next to her husband Earl, following the services. The Family wishes to thank all the friends and neighbors who have helped Betty since Earl's death and also the wonderful people at Sterling Court, where she lived the last few months of her life. She especially loved all the CNA's for their kindness and help. Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George, UT, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign the guestbook at
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on June 15, 2010.



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