Elizabeth "Betty" Smith

January 21st, 1924August 2nd, 2015

     Elizabeth June (Betty) Smith, 91, died Sunday, August 2 at her home in Broomfield, Colorado. She was born January 21, 1924 on the family farm 9 miles north of Lexington, Nebraska to Arthur and Ella Smith. The youngest of nine children, Betty attended a country school in the early years. Upon graduation from Lexington High School, she and some girlfriends joined the war effort in Denver and later at the Ordinance Plant in Grand Island, Nebraska, assembling bombs.

     She returned to Lexington where she took courses in bookkeeping, then worked for a local business as bookkeeper for many years. In 1961 she moved to Colorado where she was eventually employed at Rocky Flats in the Accounting Department until she retired in 1990. While working full time she took night classes at the University of Colorado, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Business.

     An avid Broncos fan, Betty and a friend held season tickets and attended all the home games for many years. More recently she watched the games on TV, as well as the Rockies games.

     Betty did beautiful hand work, making cross stitch and needlepoint pictures. At the last family reunion she gifted them to all her nieces and nephews.

     A picture puzzle would keep her up all hours of the night until she completed it. Shortly before her passing she completed a 5,000 piece puzzle of angels! Angels had become her theme following a cancer diagnosis in 1993, which she survived.

     Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Carl, Merle, Lloyd, Gerald, Melvin, and Vernon; and sisters Velma Apgar, and Doris Smith. She was also preceded in death by a niece, Patricia Patton and nephew Larry Smith. She is survived by nieces Deanna (Dee) Clary of Cheyenne, WY; Susan Orsborn of Adams, NE; Kathe Keiner of Omaha, NE; Karen McNeff of Palmer, NE; Nancy Long of Arapahoe, NE; and nephews Robert Smith of Plano, TX; James Smith of Villa Valtelena, CA; David Smith of Glendale, CA; Gary Smith of Gothenburg, NE; and Rick Smith of Gainesville, FL.



     A memorial service will be held at Highlands Trail Retirement Home, 5085 W. 136th Ave. in Broomfield at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 13. Burial will be at Hewitt Cemetery north of Lexington, NE.








I will miss are long talks at 2am when neither of us could sleep and all we had to think about is that "puzzle" setting on the card table just calling our names. I was never surprised to find Betty at the card table working on her puzzle, she would always say I'll get some rest, just 1 more piece, I just know it has to go here. Rest in peace Ms. Betty