COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Betty J. Smith, 84, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away at 8:13 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2006 at Pike's Peak Hospice Center in Colorado Springs.
Born Dec. 15, 1921, she was the daughter of H.O. Marshall and Grace (Holt) Marshall.
She attended Odon Madison Schools, graduating from high school in 1939. Following high school she attended and graduated from City Hospital School of Nursing in Indianapolis. She joined the U.S. Army as a nurse and served overseas with the 125th General Hospital in England during World War II. During her tour of duty in England, she met Joseph (Joe) Francis Smith who was a Lt. in the U.S. Army. Following the close of the war they were married in Indianapolis on June 13, 1946. During the next several years Joe and Betty lived in Minnesota, Ohio, Alaska, Colorado and Texas as Joe attended college and was employed with the U.S. Army as a civilian. Following her husband's death, she returned to Colorado Springs, where she lived and worked as a nurse, being employed in a clinic and at Fort Carson Hospital, from which she retired.
She was active in her church, East United Methodist, the Purple Heart Association, the VFW, and the Senior Citizen Center. She sang in the church choir and was active in a weekly Bible Study in addition to other activities in the church. She loved working in stained glass. She loved music and played accordion in a Senior Citizen Band that played for dances. She loved to travel and loved history, being an historian for her church.
Survivors include: two sisters, Dolores Gummel of Springfield, Ohio, an Charlotte Humerickhouse of Bloomfield; three sisters-in-law, Blanche Russell, Kate Marshall, and Phyllis Marshall; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joe in 1968, and their only child, a daughter, Annette, who died at birth in 1947.
Memorial service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the East United Methodist Church, 1505 E. Monument St., Colorado Springs, Colo. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minnesota.
A memorial service will also be held in Indiana in June for relatives and friends unable to attend the local service.
In lieu of flowers, friends may send a gift to Pikes Peak Hospice Center, 825 East Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, Colo., 80903 or East United Methodist Church.
Swan Law Mortuary, Colorado Springs, is in charge of arrangements.