Betty Jane Weaver Bufford was born to DuWayne Coleman Weaver and Mable Kent on August 8th, 1942 in Pocatello, Idaho. She moved to Boise in 1944 and attended Eagle Elementary School, Eagle Jr. High and graduated from Meridian High School as a member of the National Honor Society. Betty attended Brigham Young University where she met Paul Whitesides and married on September 4th, 1963 in the Los Angeles, CA LDS temple. Together, they had three sons, Bret David, Mark Dee and Matthew Duncan Whitesides. The family moved to Boise, Idaho in 1968. Betty worked as an optometric assistant from 1968-1978. After her divorce from Paul, she held several jobs she loved, including working for Kartchner Engineering and Industrial Hygiene resources. Her final employer was CH2M Hill where she worked for 18 years until losing her eyesight.
On March 7, 1992 she married Bernard Riley Bufford in the Boise, ID LDS temple and with that marriage, she gained two more sons and was step-mother to Bernard (Buff) Riley III and Brian Bufford who added much delight to her life.
Together, Bernie and Betty traveled around the country and the world, where they spent time on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. However, they were close enough to see it when they traveled around Cape Horn on their cruise to South America.
Betty was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints her whole life and loved to do voluntary work for her church and the members. Prior to losing her eyesight, Betty was an active auxiliary member of the VFW Post 63. She was elected president of the auxiliary three times and very much enjoyed serving the veterans.
Preceding her in death are her parents, her brother, Bill, sister, Audrey, a great-grandson Max, her daughter-in-law, Melanie and 3 nephews, Andrew, Daniel and Micah. She is survived by her husband, Bernard, sons and her siblings, Bob, Joyce, Kay and Donna. She is also survived by her thirteen beloved grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, as well as, many loved nieces, nephews and their children.
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