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Betty Austin - August 06, 2012


Betty Jane (Pope) Austin was born July 13, 1925 to Millard F. and Helen (Hardy) Pope in Haxtun. She died Aug. 6, 2012 at the VA Eastern Hospital in Denver. She was 87 years old.

Betty married James A. Austin, a Korean War veteran, on Nov. 22, 1951, which was Thanksgiving Eve, in Barre, Vt. James died June 30, 1989.

Mrs. Austin taught elementary school south of Paoli, south of Haxtun and in the Westminster District in Denver.

She joined the Army on Nov. 6, 1948 and served until Nov. 6, 1951. In the service, she taught Adult Basic Education, Public Information, and Plans and Training.

While residing in Barre, Vt., Betty worked on community projects and served on the Citizen Committee. She was very involved in her church and worked for a private business for 17½ years.

While residing in Auburn, N.Y., Betty helped run a business for 10 years with a partner, until her health broke. She was very involved with her church, teaching Sunday School to unwanted children ranging from 12 to 16 years old. One of her passions was working with the veterans which she served and supported in Cayuga County. Following retirement, she embarked on her hobbies, art and crafts.

Betty was a member of the Holyoke American Legion.

Betty graduated from Haxtun High School in 1943. She attended Denver University from 1943-1944. Every summer for three years she went back to summer school at Denver University to renew her teaching certificate.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Dora W. Kurtzer; brother, Kenneth H. Pope; sister, Lois W. Wisdom; and infant sister, Juanita June Pope.

Betty is survived by her children, James A. Austin Jr. and wife Beckie of Loves Park, Ill. and Dixie French Greenley and husband Eric of Pensacola, Fla.; grandchildren, Cyril W. French II and Julie Siegler of Denver, Michael J. Austin and Jennifer of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Adam J. Greenley and Michelle and Hunter Soule of Longmont; brothers, Dan W. Pope Sr. of Modesto, Calif. and family and Millard D. Pope of Holyoke and family; friends, the Galloway family of Auburn, N.Y., Janine Mac­Laughlin of Auburn, N.Y., Dianne Bockes of Auburn, N.Y., Jeanette and Mike Bronson of Orlean, N.Y., Patricia Austin of Pleasantville, Pa. and Wilber C. French of Mooresville, N.C.; along with many other relatives and friends.

There will be a graveside service at the Haxtun Cemetery on her parents’ family plot at a later date; times will be announced.

Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.