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In Memory

Betty Jane Roberts, 86, former College of Agriculture employee, died Aug. 12

August 17, 2009

Betty Jane Roberts, 86, of Fort Collins passed away late Wednesday evening, August 12, 2009.

She was born to Thomas Stamper and Mary H. McCormac, Dec. 21, 1922, in Fort Morgan, Colo. At the age of 8, her family moved to Fort Collins where they opened Stamper Drug in the Northern Hotel building. Betty graduated from Fort Collins High School and later attended CSU.

Betty adored wildlife and the outdoors and spent several years working on guest ranches in Arizona and Wyoming. She met the love of her life, her late husband Charlie Roberts, while they were both working at the Camel Back Inn, near Scottsdale, Ariz. - he as a wrangler, she as a waitress. They honeymooned at the Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon. As a young couple they worked together on several ranches: the Camel Back Inn, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Sundown Ranch and the A Bar A Ranch. They relocated to Fort Collins in 1960 when their son, Chris, was ready to attend school. They were married for 31 wonderful years.

Worked for College of Agriculture Dean for 25 years

Always efficient, Betty was the Executive Secretary to the CSU Dean of Agriculture for 25 years before retiring. After retiring she focused on volunteer work. The kindness and generosity of Betty's spirit touched many, many lives. She was a longtime volunteer driver for Saint and supported such charities as the National Wildlife Federation, Defenders of Wildlife and the Native American Heritage Association. Betty also loved Native American culture and collected Indian art and jewelry. She particularly liked the work of Ben Nighthorse Campbell.

Betty was an eternal optimist and a trooper - it was tough to get her down. Quick to smile, she loved to laugh. She had a wonderful, wry sense of humor that kept you on your toes. Betty was just plain fun and she appreciated the people around her just as much as they appreciated her.

Betty is survived by her son, Chris Roberts, also of Fort Collins, and a large extended family. Her family will always remember her kind and loving manner, the twinkle in her eye and the many good times they were lucky enough to share with her.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Centre Avenue Health & Rehab for the outstanding care and love they showed Betty. Memorial contributions will be used to express appreciation for the staff and can be made out to: CAH&R Employee Activity Fund c/o Allnutt Funeral Services, 650 W Drake Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80526.

Memorial service Aug. 24

Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Collins; memorial services are tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, in their Chapel, with a reception following. A funeral announcement is forthcoming.

Originally published in the Coloradoan, Aug. 16, 2009.