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Betty Jo St. Clair

Betty Jo St. Clair of Thermopolis, Wyo., went to be with our Lord on Wednesday December 7, 2022, at the Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, Ariz. She was a loving wife, mother, homemaker, and friend.

Betty Jo was born in Thermopolis, Wyo., to Bill and Goldie (Richardson) Johnson on November 28, 1933. She was the second oldest of 5 children. Betty Jo graduated from Hot Springs County High School in 1952 and married the man that swept her off her feet, Rodney St. Clair of Grass Creek, Wyo.

Rod & Betty Jo bought their first home in Norwalk, Calif., where they started their family with two daughters, Kim and Robin. A move took them to Billings, Mont., where their son Ron was born.

In 1961 they relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah, and made many friends. In 1971 they started a new adventure when they purchased the United Campground in Jackson Hole, Wyo. After retirement, they were snowbirds in the winter with a home in Mesa, Arizo., and traveled with their 5th wheel in summers to work at Colter Bay in Teton National Park, Wyo. In 1997 a move took them back to Betty Jo’s home town of Thermopolis where they worked for the State Park Service for several years.

In 2004 Betty Jo moved to Sheridan, Wyo., to be closer to her husband Rodney, of 52 years who was residing at the Sheridan VA medical center. Betty Jo lost the love of her life in April of 2006, and in 2007 she relocated to Buffalo, Wyo., to live with her oldest daughter Kim.

Betty Jo was known for her amazing talents, knitting, crocheting, and making naugahyde purses all of which led to a profitable hobby. She loved baking, playing golf, but most of all dancing. Camping, rockhounding and flower pounding rounded out a list of her many past times.

She is survived by her daughters, Kim St. Clair, of Buffalo, Wyo., and Quartzsite, Ariz., and Robin St. Clair Dittrich, (Dennis), of Beaverton, Ore.; son, Rodney Ron St. Clair (Karen) of Sheridan, Wyo.; dog, Shadow; grandchildren, Justin, Melissa, Allison, & Sierra; great-grandchild, Aura Lee; brothers, Hugh Johnson (Mildred) of Buffalo, and Mark Johnson (Jane) of Casper; brother-in-law, Steve Franckowiak of Richland, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

Betty Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Rodney, of 54 years; brother, Larry Johnson; sister, Karen Johnson Franckowiak; parents, Bill & Goldie Johnson; and sister- in-law, Nona Johnson.

No services are planned at this time.


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