Betty was born in Royal Oak, Michigan and was the youngest child and only daughter of Hugh Roy Sharp and Clara B. Coe. She had two brothers, Jack Sharp and Hugh Sharp, both of whom are deceased. During her younger years Betty faced many challenges as she grew up in the times of the Great Depression. She managed to not only survive by working hard at all things, but thrive to the point where she was awarded an academic scholarship to a local college. Unfortunately, the reality of needing to earn for herself and her family forced her to forego the scholarship. Because of this she always emphasized the importance of a college education to her children many years later.
At age of 18 she married Eugene Sigmund Stenzel and quickly became pregnant with her first child Dennis Eugene Stenzel. Sixteen months later while working full time she gave birth to her second child, Thomas Charles Stenzel. About 6 years later she gave birth to her youngest child, Gary Roy Stenzel. All during this time, the young couple struggled to make ends meet and thus they jumped at the opportunity to sell their home in Romulus, Michigan. They moved to the Portland, Oregon area to be with her two older brothers.
She was always very active in young people's groups including church youth groups and scouting programs. Despite working full time she was a den mother and provided support to the church youth groups by planning and carrying out various outings, plays, etc. She had unbelievable stamina and took on part-time work like being an Avon Lady selling door to door.
Always seeking a better way to live her life, she was attracted to the family ideals of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in the late 1950's. She was baptized and got involved with the youth programs offered by the Church. During the day, she worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for Smith Masonry where she eventually became the secretary/treasurer of the company and this is where she worked until her retirement.
Betty divorced Gene in the early 1960's. She did not actively date but after a few years met Joseph Morgan at a singles dance. Joe was a quiet man and was solidly grounded in a quiet life. He was a widower of several years. The two were a contrast in styles but shared many of the same views about family values, church, etc. After dating for some time, Joe joined the Mormon Church and they later married. They had a wonderful relationship and it included serving two work missions together. Joe passed away in 2004 and Betty spent the rest of her life as a widow happily sourrounded by friends and family.
Although she attended a number of different Mormon wards, her favorite was the one in Sherwood, Oregon. She was a faithful and popular member of that congregation for more than 20 years.
Betty was buried at the Yamhill-Carlton Pioneer Memorial Cemetery in Yamhill County, Oregon. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, only some family members and a few of her many friends attended, but they had a beautiful program which Betty would have enjoyed. Her sons were able to attend by video conferencing. A memorial has been postponed until the safety measures imposed by the pandemic have been lifted.
Betty was a wonderful mother and grandparent, and will be sorely missed. She is survived by her three sons, Dennis (Portland, OR), Tom (Sun City West, AZ) and Gary (Spokane, WA), 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.