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Lula Christene Parker Betenson
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Birth: Apr. 5, 1884
Spry
Garfield County
Utah, USA
Death: May 5, 1980
Panguitch
Garfield County
Utah, USA

Parents: Maximilian Parker and Annie Campbell Gilles
Spouse: Joseph Adelbert Betenson

1980-05-08
Lula Betenson, 96, sister of Butch Cassidy, is dead
CIRCLEVILLE, Utah [AP] -- Lula Parker Betenson, younger sister of the legendary cowboy outlaw Butch Cassidy, has died in a Panguitch hospital at the age of 96.
Mrs. Betenson, 18 years younger than Butch Cassidy -- born Robert LeRoy Parker -- died Monday.
She co-authored with Dora Flack "Butch Cassidy, My Brother," a book published in 1975. She said stories about her notorious brother was exaggerated and most people remembered him as a kind man.
"HE WOULD HAVE QUIT [crime] long before he did if they had let him. But like he told us, when a man gets down, they like to keep him there," she once said. Cassidy was the eldest of 13 children.
His exploits in the American West and in South America were the subject of the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," starring Paul Newman as Cassidy.
Mrs. Betenson was active in politics and served as Piute County Democratic chairwoman for 28 years. In 1962 she was appointed by Gov. George Dewey Clyde to fill an unexpired term as state senator from Piute County.
IN EARLIER YEARS, she worked with a traveling theatrical company and spent several years as drama director in local Mormon church auxiliaries.
Born April 5, 1884, in Spry, she married Joseph A. Betenson Jan. 1, 1907. She had been a widow since 1949.
Funeral services were scheduled for Friday in Circleville.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Maximilian Parker (1844 - 1938)
  Annie Campbell Gillies Parker (1847 - 1905)
 
 Spouse:
  Joseph Adelbert Betenson (1881 - 1948)
 
 Children:
  Unnamed Betenson (1909 - 1909)*
  Edith Helen Pauline Betenson Applegate (1911 - 2000)*
  Scott Parker Betenson (1917 - 2004)*
  Barbara Betenson Carlson (1925 - 2010)*
 
 Siblings:
  Robert LeRoy Parker (1866 - 1937)*
  Daniel Sinclair Parker (1867 - 1942)*
  Jean Ann Parker Penaluna (1871 - 1960)*
  William Moroni Parker (1874 - 1952)*
  Ebenezer Maxmillan Parker (1879 - 1957)*
  Blanche Alice Parker Stark (1881 - 1967)*
  Lula Christene Parker Betenson (1884 - 1980)
  Mark D Parker (1886 - 1932)*
  Nina Grace Parker Ecklund (1889 - 1923)*
  Leona Hartley Parker Wiley (1893 - 1937)*
  Joseph R Parker (1894 - 1962)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Circleville Cemetery
Circleville
Piute County
Utah, USA
 
Created by: Enid Jamison
Record added: Jul 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39655823
Lula Christene <i>Parker</i> Betenson
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Lula Christene <i>Parker</i> Betenson
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Lula Christene <i>Parker</i> Betenson
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- ChuckNorris
 Added: Dec. 18, 2010

- Ryan Curtis
 Added: Dec. 9, 2010
Lula, Thanks for the time you took to write your book!
- Love Bill & Louise
 Added: Mar. 15, 2010
 
 
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