Marion “Betty” McArthur (November 21, 1940 – October 24, 2023)

Marion “Betty” McArthur (November 21, 1940 – October 24, 2023)

Betty McArthur was born in Spirit River, AB on November 21, 1940, and given the name Marion Elizabeth Graham.

She passed away on October 24, 2023, in Rocky Mountain House. She was raised in Blueberry Mountain but left the rural school to graduate in Spirit River. Always a hard worker, she began work at 14, clerking in the general store before it was legal to work. At 16, she left home to take a summer job in Banff.

Betty married Stan McArthur in 1960 and moved to Entwistle where she worked for the village for six years. In 1968, they happily moved to Grande Prairie where they raised their children, Donna and Dwayne.

Betty was very active in the community wherever she lived, always involved with the United Church, serving on the Board, many committees, and the UCW. As well, Betty spent many fulfilling years serving as a school board trustee on the Grande Prairie Public School Board.

In 1986, they moved to Airdrie where she worked tirelessly for the Airdrie Foodbank for 20 years. In her late-40s, Betty inspired everyone by going back to school to become a registered massage therapist and maintained a thriving practice for 25 years.

Betty and Stan traveled to many places, finally adopting the snowbird life in Yuma, Arizona which they enjoyed for many years. A highlight trip was when, in her 60s, she traveled alone with a volunteer organization to Africa to work at a children’s orphanage.

Family was most important to Betty. She enjoyed Stan’s large clan and was especially close to her own sisters, brothers and their families. But it was Donna, Dwayne and Stan who maintained top priority for all of Betty’s life. She was thrilled to become a Mom, and over the moon when she finally became a grandma to Matt, Cati and Jake. The legacy she leaves them lies in the work ethic and strength of character they inherited from her.

Betty leaves behind her daughter Donna and son-in-law John Swallow, their sons Matthew and Jake as well as her son Dwayne, his partner Christean and his daughter Cati.

Donna and Dwayne would like to thank the family for their tremendous support over the last few years, with the biggest, heartfelt thanks to Heather Graham for all she has done.

A service will be held Saturday, November 18, 2:00pm at Heritage Ranch in Red Deer, AB.

Donations in memory of Betty can be made to the Airdrie Foodbank (

Condolences may be forwarded to

Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements – 403 845 2626.