Elizabeth Anne “Betty” (Farrand) Beeler entered this world on Aug. 2, 1933, in Denver, Colo., into the loving arms of her parents, Alice Scott and Van D. Farrand, and her older siblings, Robert, Diane, and Howard. She left it peacefully on June 1, 2019, in Longmont, Colo., surrounded by her three children, Joseph, Vandi and Julie.
Betty was so many things in her eighty-five years of life, it seems something of an insurmountable task to succinctly describe all that she was and all that she gave to this world and those who knew her, but we shall surely try. She was a daughter, a sister, and a child of the depression and war. She was a musician and artist, a military wife, a mother, a restaurant owner, a skier, a hostess, a golfer, a medical transcriptionist, an aunt, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a friend to many, and the list could go on. Ultimately, however, she was so much more than any one title or label could convey.
Of all the things that Betty was and did, the two great consistencies of her life were love and music. Betty was love personified. She was loved by all who knew her and she loved deeply in return.
Outside of the people in her life, Betty’s greatest love was music. As a young woman she dreamed of being a performer; she accompanied many a musical event at Elitch Gardens and spent summers performing in Central City, and she carried this passion for song with her throughout every stage of her existence. Even in the last few years of her life, when dementia had taken so much, it could not take love or music.
Long after her words had left her, she would still light up when a familiar face walked into the room, and could still be found sitting down at a piano and playing a favorite song from memory.
Simply put, Betty was an encapsulation of so much that is good in this world, wrapped up in a 4’11” package with a shiny white bow on top.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents and siblings. She is survived by her three children, Joseph (Terry) Beeler, Vandi (Kirk) Mitchell and Julie (Andy) Rutkosky; grandchildren April (Edgar) Monroe, Brendan (Elizabeth) Forsyth, Meredith (Zak) Monroe, Trevor (Elizabeth) Beeler, Patrick (Melanie) Monroe, Kristen (Jason) Hype and Emilia Monroe; great-grandchildren Aspen, Dylan, Lily, Brendan, Chloe, Jazlyn, Kai, Elinor, Adelaide, Rowan, Evelyn, and Graham; and her many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A celebration of Betty’s Life Service will take place on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11 a.m. at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park, www.evergreenmemorialpark.com.