Charlotte (Betty) Elizabeth Gilchrist Juvan
Murray, Utah—Charlotte (Betty) Elizabeth Gilchrist Juvan—November 8, 1934—June 16, 2020
Charlotte (Betty) Juvan, 85, passed away on June 16, 2020 at home of natural causes. She was born on November 8, 1934 in Kemmerer, Wyoming to John Swainston Gilchrist and Elizabeth Melville Sneddon. She was the youngest of their three children and the only daughter. Betty was born of goodly parents whom she loved, admired, and served. Mom always spoke with great fondness of her growing up years in Kemmerer and always loved to return to visit her childhood home.
Mom was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and loved serving in the Primary and as a Visiting Teacher. We were sealed as a family in the Billings, Montana Temple on September 28, 2001.
Betty graduated from Kemmerer High School. She worked at the local movie theater and later as a telephone operator. She married Eddie Juvan, on September 4, 1954 at the home of her parents. Mom and Dad made their first home in Pinedale, Wyoming then Dad’s job, as a geologist for the Soil Conservation Service, moved them to Billings, Montana, and finally to Bozeman, Montana where they built their home and their lives together.
Many wonderful memories were created in our home on Bridger Drive. We grew up under the Big Montana Sky with a wheat field in front of our house and a wheat field at the back.
We grew up with a mother that was always there to greet us when we came home from school. We grew up with a mother who taught us the value of honesty and hard work. We grew up with a mother who taught us how to serve others. We grew up with a mother who taught us how to cook, bake, and keep a clean house. We grew up with a mother who read to us. We grew up with a mother who sacrificed for us. We grew up with a mother who was at the crossroads of our lives at every important juncture.
Mom had a cute sense of humor. She was feisty, and was not afraid to speak her mind. She was a great seamstress and loved to quilt and visit with her neighbors and friends. She loved her grandchildren, dogs, babies, and the Andy Griffith show. The quality of honesty was so important to Mom. She really should have been a professional detective. She could get right to the bottom of any situation.
Mom has had a tremendous influence for good. She might not have recognized it, but she raised her family with love and sacrifice. The good in us, is her living on. The good in her grandchildren, is her living on. Of all degrees and acclamations one can get in this life, none is more important than a person who has developed the ability to love. Love is the greatest power—it’s how we overcome the world. Mom has loved us well.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Juvan, parents John & Elizabeth Gilchrist and brother Tom Gilchrist. She is survived by her brother John (Ruth) Gilchrist, her daughters Charlene Schlegel and Susan (Dan) Furner and her grandchildren, Chelsey & Zachary Burns, Berlin Schlegel, Brooke & Daren Hendriksen, Ben and Paislie Furner, Caitlin Furner, Sam Furner, Alex Hoggan and Libby Furner.
We would like to extend our love and appreciation to the staff of Symbii Hospice for their exceptional care for Mom over the past month.
A graveside service will be held in Kemmerer, Wyoming on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 1p.m. for close family. Interment will be at the Lincoln County Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Ball Family Chapel.