Elizabeth "Betty" Smith


Elizabeth "Betty" Wegner Smith was born May 8, 1939, in Moorhead, Minn., to Otto and Bessie (Rensvold) Smith. She was raised and attended school in Moorhead.

After high school, Betty attended nursing school in Fargo, N.D., and received her R.N.

Betty moved to Denver, and worked at St. Luke's Hospital for a time and then moved to Rangely to work at the Rangely District Hospital. While in Rangely, she met Spencer Smith, whom she married on Aug. 28, 1964, in Moorhead, Minn.

They traveled many places because of Spencer's work living in Grand Junction, on the upper Fryingpan, Steamboat Springs and Carbondale, before moving to Hayden in 1975. Betty worked as a traveling nurse for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and also was a Hospice volunteer. She was active in Hayden Congregational Church and its Women's Fellowship group. She was a member of the Yampa Valley chapter of Sweet Adelines International for a time.

Her husband retired in 1999, and he and Betty traveled in their RV for 2 1/2 years before settling in Springfield, Mo., where she resided until her death.

Betty enjoyed skiing and camping in earlier years and more recently she has become a fan of bluegrass music and jam sessions. She also liked to do crossword puzzles.

Betty died on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, in Springfield, Mo., following a lengthy illness.

She is survived by her husband, Spencer Smith of Springfield, Mo.; daughter, Kirn Smith of Fairfield, Conn.; son, Steve (Lisa) Smith of Torrington, Wyo.; and grandsons, Daniel, Chris and Cameron.

Her parents, one sister and two brothers preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, at Hayden Congregational Church, with Pastor Janet Babish officiating. Avis Funk was the organist, and special musical selections were some of Betty's favorite bluegrass music. Honorary pallbearers were all her family and many friends. Memorial donations may be made to Hayden Congregational Church or the Arthritis Foundation, both in care of Grant Mortuary.

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