Betty Elledge

Obituary of Betty Lee Elledge

Betty Lee Elledge

Betty was born October 11, 1934 in Colonia Dublán, Chihuahua, Mexico to Phillip Haynes Young and Maria Chavez.


Betty’s family immigrated to Binghampton, Arizona when she was 2 years old, where she spent her formative years. She has also resided in Las Vegas, San Diego, Tucson and Albuquerque.


She rose to the top of her profession as a Realtor, overcoming many obstacles of her time, earning accolades in every market she worked in while also providing for her growing family. She also served as a mentor for other people entering the profession, guiding them past the pitfalls that she fought her entire professional life to change.


She was a standout cook who passed on her culinary traditions to her children who gathered with her at mealtimes and family parties. Her original orange sweet roll recipe in particular will live for generations, forever known by the loving title, “Grandma’s Celestial Rolls!”


She served in her church, completing missions in the Mesa Arizona Temple and at the LDS employment center in Tucson, helping individuals, fathers and mothers find work in a challenging economic environment. She was a loyal companion to the lonely, taking the time to listen, when listening was what someone required, and by giving of her substance, often anonymously, to those who needed help.


She had a deep love for all of her family; her siblings, her children and step children, to the other “family” that she picked up over the years and places that she lived. The term “Aunt Betty” was common, even among those who couldn’t actually point out how they were related. Her warm laugh, her beautiful smile, and kind words will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.


She is survived by her siblings, Hannah Carrillo, Melda Farber, Phillip Young, Rachel Bowman, and Rey Valencia, sons Mark Oropeza and Bob Oropeza, and daughters Nicki DiCampli and Jennifer Humphries. She is also the step-mother to several beloved sons and daughters. She is a grandmother and great-grandmother several times over.


She was preceded in death by her brother Avon Young and her husband Wayne Elledge.


Until we meet again.

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