Betty Lou (Pakootas Garvis) Wolfley

Born: Sat., Jul. 6, 1974
Died: Sat., Jul. 9, 2016


3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Wed., Jul. 13, 2016
Location: Webb Funeral Home

Funeral Service

5:00 PM Wed., Jul. 13, 2016
Location: Webb Funeral Home

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Betty Lou Pakootas Garvis Wolfley, “Bets”, returned to the loving arms of her Father in Heaven on July 9, 2016.  Betty was born on July 6, 1974 in Omak, Washington to Janet Pakootas of the Nez Pierce Colville tribe.  At the time she had many health issues that prompted Janet to bring her to the hospital where she met her mother, Muriel May Hackman Garvis, who nursed her back to health.  Betty was adopted and sealed to Michael and Muriel Garvis in the Cardston, Alberta Temple when she was one-year-old.


As a child Betty was actively involved in gymnastics and participated in many events.  While attending Star Valley High School Betty ran track and broke many records in long distance events.  She participated in several rodeos and fairs as a rodeo attendant.  After high school Betty trained as a beautician.  In 2010 Betty attended Eagle Gate College and received an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design.  As a cosmetologist she owned the USU Barber shop.


Betty will be remembered for her calm and thoughtful demeanor.  Her greatest joy was her family, especially her children.  She attended all their events, no matter the hardship.  She enjoyed the outdoors by hunting, fishing and camping frequently.  She loved singing karaoke and playing pool with friends.  She was an excellent cook.  Road trips brought Betty much joy and happiness and in the last month of her life she spent time travel several places across the country. 


Betty is survived by her children, Harlee (Tanner) Smart, Skye Wolfley, Jaide Wolfley and Chevey Wolfley; parents, Michael and Muriel Garvis, siblings, Jahnice (Corey) Samson, Michelle (Alden) Tanner, Guinevere (Brendan) Reeves, Andy (Chris) Garvis, Peter (Robin) Garvis, Ruth (Vic) Vroman, Clifford (Sarah) Garvis, and Ben (Anna) Garvis.  From her Nez Perce tribe she is survived by her birth mother, Janet Pakootas; siblings, Mathew (Carrie) Pakootas, Joanna (Tony) Marchand, Jackie Marchand, Tony (Regina) Marchand, George Marchand, LJ Marchand, Jordan Lesinen.  She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She is proceeded in death by her nephew, Ethan Reeves, her birth father from the Colville tribe, Jim Marchand and sister Janice Marchand


Funeral services will be held Wednesday July 13, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 South 800 East in Preston. A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Glendale Idaho Cemetery. Those wishing to donate for funeral expenses, please contribute to her Go Fund Me on Facebook entitled “Funeral Cost for Betty”. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

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Clint & Becky Lanford
   Posted Tue July 12, 2016
RIP Bets ! May you fly with the angels in heaven. You are loved by many and will never be forgotten. Bets you was such a sweet person neighbor and friend your smile could light up the room you made everybody feel like they was important Until we see you again. fly high with the angel young lady we will never forget you,
Clint & Becky Lanford

Angie Harris
   Posted Tue July 12, 2016
Oh Bets, I love ya girl. I have thought for days of what to say but no words come to me but tears, loosing you is such a great loss to all. You are such an amazing woman, mother, friend, sister, and person. I am so proud to of had a friend like you in my life. Love you lady.
Rest it peace my dear friend.

Daren Handy
   Posted Tue July 12, 2016
You will be very sadly missed during pool leagues. You were a great friend. Heaven gained another wonderful person. Thanks for all the great laughs.

Angie Jensen
   Posted Wed July 13, 2016
Bets you were much too young to leave this world. You touched many lives with your contagious smile and fun personality. I'm so glad I was lucky enough to know you. My condolences to your family.

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