Betty Evelyn (Wilson) Farrington

Born: Mon., Nov. 25, 1918
Died: Wed., Feb. 10, 2016

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Betty Wilson Farrington passed away on February 10, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents Vera Bentley Wilson and Albert Daniel Wilson, husbands John (Bus) Alton Farrington and William G. Farrington, brother Sidney Wilson and great granddaughter Jessica Marie Leyba.  Surviving her is her son John Arthur Farrington (Pat), daughter Peg Hulsey (Dennis),  grandchildren Carrie Farrington, Jeff Farrington (Cassandra) and great grandchildren Megan and Zachary Farrington; granddaughters Deb Smith (Kevin) and Diane Trujillo (Paul), great grandchildren Chloe Smith, Danielle Trujillo, Joey Leyba and Mitch Trujillo; great great grandchildren  Izabella , Kyah, Bree, Brinley, Nick and Zayne Leyba, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty was born in 1918 in Lead, South Dakota. After living in Lead, Denver, Florida and West Portal and Colorado, her family moved to Buena Vista in 1932. She graduated from Buena Vista High School in 1936. She was a scholarship student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, graduating in 1941. Shortly thereafter, she married her high school sweetheart Bus.  Sadly he was shot down and lost at sea in the Pacific in October, 1943. Two months later she gave birth to their son Johnny, and she and Johnny moved to Colorado Springs to live with Bus's mother and sisters.

After the war, she married William G. Farrington, Bus's brother. Bill was the cowboy of the Farrington family and they soon moved to the Hayden Ranch near Leadville where Betty happily lived the life of a rancher's wife. In 1947 she gave birth to their daughter Peggy.

In 1954 Bill accepted a job as a Colorado State Brand Inspector at the Denver Stock Yards, and the family of four moved to Englewood, Colorado. There, Betty started teaching with the Sheridan School District. Her college major had been English, but they needed a PE teacher and she rose to the occasion. She developed the physical education programs for the Sheridan Schools from the ground up.  There she was very active in Sheridan Education Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, Republican Women, American Legion, and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

After Bill and Betty retired in 1976, they finally got to move back to their beloved Buena Vista. There, on Neighbors Lane, they were able to enjoy their dream "ranchette" complete with horses, chickens, rabbits, goats and Sparky the burro. Those were happy days for Betty and Bill.

Tragically in 1987, Bill and son-in-law Bob Baker were involved in a traffic accident on Trout Creek Pass, and Betty spent the years 1987-89 carrying for Bill in Colorado Springs and Salida nursing homes. In 1989 Betty made a final move in Buena Vista, where she led an active and independent  life.

Betty loved the written word, and could recite many quotes from high school Latin to her "special" Limericks. She was an avid reader, but especially enjoyed nonfiction books about Colorado history, as well as her many newspapers, ghost towns, travel, and Mayflower history. She loved picnics, camping, fishing and hiking, traveling with family and friends, and playing games-including all card games, word games, and crosswords. In her later years, she thoroughly enjoyed sitting at her window watching the golfers, deer and ducks go by.

When asked of the role Betty played in their lives, her family mentioned the love of all the above activities. Also, she fostered an appreciation of plays ranging from the King and I to the Lion King, Bronco games, family activities, love of the written word, a good joke, stories of times gone by, and most importantly a well rounded education. Betty was, and always will be, a wonderful role model for her family!

There is no service planned at this time but you can bet your bottom dollar there will be a celebration of her life around the campfire this summer with a toast of Duck Farts in her memory. We ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made to your favorite charity.

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   Posted Mon February 15, 2016
Cheers to a life well lived, from start to finish! Grandma Betty was one of a kind, and is very missed.

linda craig
   Posted Mon February 15, 2016
prayers to you all she is in a great place

J. Temple
   Posted Mon February 15, 2016
RIP to a lady that made the most out of the life she was given and gave back so much to the lives she touched. Her legacy in life will always be the love she took with her, and the love of those she left behind.

Nancy Locke
   Posted Tue February 16, 2016
Betty will be greatly missed

   Posted Tue February 16, 2016
Dear Farrington Family and friends. My Sincere Condolence to you. May God's kindness serve as a comfort (Psalms 119: 76 ). and may your precious memories of "Mrs Betty bring'" joy and comfort. May God bless and sustain you during these difficult times ( Psalms 55:22 )

Glenda Nachtrieb
   Posted Tue February 16, 2016
Another beautiful angel. I loved her laugh and passion for life. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Suzy & Bryce Kelly
   Posted Tue February 16, 2016
WE have many good memories of Betty. I will miss her humor, her knowledge and her help with old photos and BV History. She lived life as she wanted and she went with great dignity and her way!

Randy Westfall
   Posted Wed February 17, 2016
To Betty's Family: Betty was so fun and engaging, always filled with the joy of life and I loved to talk with her, especially about the beautiful mountains around Buena Vista that she loved. I will think of her every time I visit Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.

According to your wishes, I will donate to a charity in her name. I am honored to do so.
Randy Westfall

Patty Brown
   Posted Wed February 17, 2016
I was always envious of Peg and Betty's relationship. Betty was so sharp and never missed an opportunity to learn and see new things. I'll remember her smile and laugh and wit. If I could be like her I might want to live to be as old as she was. My warmest regards and sympathy to Peg and family.

Leslie Harris Richard Burks
   Posted Wed February 17, 2016
Richie and I are deeply saddened by the news of Betty's passing. We are blessed to have known Betty and through the years had the privilege to meet several members of the family. Her zest for life and adventures and her everlasting love of her CU Buffaloes will be just a few of the memories we will cherish forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Betty will be truly missed.

   Posted Wed February 17, 2016
it saddens my heart to hear of your passing it has been such a pleaser getting to know you Betty you were such a strong woman with a beautiful soul thank you for your kindness I send prayers to you loved ones and pray that you are at peace

Christy Huffman
   Posted Wed February 17, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing Betty at the Double Eagle she was always one of my favorites. She was a wonderful sweet caring lady and will be missed dearly.

Jane Blackburn
   Posted Fri February 19, 2016
I am so sorry to hear about Betty. She was a wonderful neighbor. She was always full of energy and so positive. I know you will miss her.

Patricia Willis
   Posted Fri February 19, 2016
How my heart breaks to hear of your great loss....Betty was such a great she will be missed. What a wonderful storyteller and a great jokester, how she made you laugh ! Truly a wonderful human being has left our earth and now sits up in the heavens with our Father, his angel.....all my prayers, thoughts and love are with all her family.....I am so blessed as so many others that we could call her "friend".......

Lou Ann (Thomas) Brunetto
   Posted Sun February 21, 2016
Thinking of all the family and remembering a lovely lady....who made P.E. enjoyable! Rest in Peace and my condolences.

Marjie & Bob Gray
   Posted Mon February 22, 2016
Hi Peg and Family,
So sorry to hear of your mom's death. We enjoyed knowing Betty over the years. She will be missed.
With sympathy,
Bob & Marjie


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