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Betty Busch - March 07, 2014


Elizabeth “Betty” Rouyn Busch was born Oct. 14, 1924, in Ottawa, Canada, to Thomas William and Edna Angela (Proctor) Bathurst. She was the third child in a family of six daughters. She died March 7, 2014.

Betty was a descendant from early English settlers in Glengarry County, Ontario. Her father was a WWI veteran and successful prospector developing the Red Lake Mining District north of Lake Superior.

Betty had luxurious early years in Ottawa with servants, Packard cars and associations with prominent businessmen and politicians. This ended with the Great Depression. In 1935, her family moved to rural Dalhousie Mills, Ontario, where she lived an idyllic life.

She was schooled in Ottawa by Catholic nuns, completed grade school in a one-room schoolhouse and graduated from high school in Alexandria, Ontario. After graduation, Betty worked in Montreal for Defense Industries Limited, supporting the WWII war effort.

Betty loved to dance, belonging to the social organization Navy House, where she danced with servicemen going to the European War. At war’s end, she met a U.S. Army Air Force bomber crewman. After a whirlwind courtship, she and Leonard Randall Busch married in Montreal on March 11, 1946.

Betty moved to a wheat farm in southwest Nebraska outside of Venango. As a farmer’s wife, she raised four children, was a member of American Legion Auxiliary, bowled on three leagues and attended her children’s athletic and school events. In 1969, she and Randall moved to Fort Collins. She worked for Golden West Nursing Home and with Dr. John O’Neill.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sisters, Marguerite Piche and Edna Ouzoux.

She is survived by her sons, Randy and wife Maggie, Jim and wife Melody, and Brian and wife Dianne; grandchildren, Carrie and Catherine; and daughter, Marlene Vera and husband Jose. In Canada, she is survived by her sisters, Ida Cowan, Sylvia Sangster and Dianne McCloud; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In 1950, Betty became an American citizen. She was equally proud of England and the crown, her native Canada and her adoptive United States. She always had a soft spot for war veterans after knowing so many who were wounded or didn’t come back.

She was an ardent Catholic, having been a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Holyoke and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Collins.

She enjoyed Canada trips for family gatherings and the Glengarry Scottish Highland Games. Betty was close to her Canadian family and made many friends wherever she lived.

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526.

Allnutt Funeral Service in Fort Collins has been entrusted with the arrangements. Their website can be found at www.allnutt.com.