Betty was born in a small house in Oklahoma City, OK on November 21, 1925, to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Pfeffer. She passed away in River Valley Inn Nursing Home in Del Norte Colorado, on November 7, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Bill and best long-term friend and roommate for several years, Hazel Jean Austin.
The family moved to Borger, Texas when Betty was six years old. She grew up there and graduated from Borger High School and went to Hills Business School in Oklahoma City, OK. and graduated with a bookkeeping degree. She furthered her education even further with a degree for IBM Punch Card computer work.
Her father owned Wick’s Sporting Goods store in Borger and Betty got a lot of experience with sporting goods items working in the store. She did a little of everything: bookkeeping, sales, janitor work, etc. One year their store was broken into 11 times and guns and ammunition were stolen. When her folks were gone on vacation, she often ran the store. She also developed a love for the outdoors and all things hunting and fishing related. At one point she had an impressive gun collection.
Betty wanted to join the Air Force and took flying lessons. She even got a license. Over the years she did a wide variety of jobs including: working in a school in Eugene, Oregon for a year as an assistant secretary to the assistant principal, working with Hazel Jean Austin and friends Mary and Jerry running Rainbow Grocery when she first moved to South Fork in 1968, worked as a flagman on the highway one year, worked in Del Norte as a teacher’s aide, worked in the Assessor’s Office in Del Norte, in Dave Ware’s Chevrolet Garage, Foothill’s Grocery, oiling log houses, worked in the meat market at Skaffs’ Grocery in Del Norte, kept books for Glen’s Garage in Del Norte for three years, and helped here at the Chapel and school doing various odd jobs. She worked some to help her brother Bill in his green house for a while. Later, for several years she headed up our prayer tree ministry for the church making calls and keeping people informed about special needs.
Betty believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior and loved to share Him with others.
Betty gifted Emmanuel Chapel with a beautiful new Allen organ in memory of her mother after her mother passed. Betty had gone down to Borger and stayed with her during her failing health for two years. She had a special love for organs and organ music because her great granddad, who moved over here from Germany, built several pipe organs here in America. One was still in use in St. Louis, MO. when she gave me personal information for her funeral service.
A celebration of Life will be held on November 11, 2022 at 1:00pm at the Emmanuel Chapel, South Fork Colorado. Internment will follow at the Monte Vista Cemetery, Monte Vista Colorado.
Betty asked in lieu of flowers that gifts be directed to Emmanuel Chapel or someone in need.