Lula Christene Parker

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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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Lula Christene Parker's Timeline

April 5, 1884
January 1, 1907
Age 22
May 5, 1980
Age 96
Panguitch, UT, USA
May 9, 1980
Age 96