Betty Lou Hughes

January 25, 1937 - April 6, 2024

Betty Lou Hughes passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 6, 2024, as the sun rose in the beautiful blue Nevada sky.

Betty was born on January 25, 1937, in Spearfish, South Dakota. Her family moved throughout South Dakota and Idaho. Betty attended schools in SD and ID, completing her education attending high school in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Betty met and eventually married Kenny Mott in October 1957. They had their first daughter, Deana, in Sandpoint. Shortly after, they moved to Oklahoma, then St. Paul, Minnesota, where their second daughter, Jerry, was born.

The family moved back to Sandpoint in September 1969, to be near family.

Betty was a stay-at-home mom committed to Deana and Jerry’s childhood activities. She was involved in the girls’ school’s PTA and their afterschool/extracurricular activities as well. Betty worked at Don’s Drive-In during the 50’s and Sprouse Reitz during the 70’s, both located in Sandpoint.

Betty left Sandpoint and moved to Carson City, Nevada, in the summer of 1980. She met Leonard Hughes, and they were married in August 1981. Betty worked at The Golden Spike as well as Ben Parker Company before they moved to California, returning to NV, settling in Gardnerville, around 1993. They returned to Carson City in 2005.

Betty enjoyed sewing, bowling, the stock car races in Colburn, ID, snowmobile parties, classic country music, Western movies, Roy Rogers, and John Wayne being two favorites, as well as spending time with family and friends.

Betty is survived by her loving husband, Leonard, her daughters, Deana Sleep and Jerry Mott; 2 grandchildren, KJ and Delaney, 6 great grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild; sister, Reta Tissue, and brother, Lyle (Ick) Anderson and his wife, Gail; as well as numerous nephews and nieces, She was preceded in death by her parents Chuck and Winnie, sister, Dorothy, and brothers, Gene and Leon. The caring staff at Carson Nursing & Rehab Center enjoyed Betty’s stories and feistiness as well.

No funeral services are planned, per Betty’s wish. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dogtown Canine Rescue, via PayPal, (Betty loved dogs) or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Walton Funeral Home will oversee cremation.