April 3, 1928 ~ April 30, 2018
Betty Ruth Adams, 90, was born on April 3rd 1928 to Jess and Augusta B Coleman Adams in Harper Kansas. She passed peacefully early Monday morning April 30, at her home in Loveland with family by her side.
Betty’s family moved to Beloit, Kansas by the time she was one. Her father, Jesse Adams was the superintendent of the gas company and headed up the gas piping project for Beloit and surrounding towns. Betty was raised in Beloit and graduated from Beloit High School in 1946. While in high school Betty was awarded the honor of First Citizen. She was chosen by the seniors to represent the girls in her class of 1946 because of her sense of cooperation, responsibility,
and genuineness of character. While in high school, Betty held the office of Vice President of pep club, chorus, annual staff, and life staff. Betty’s ability to write won her a prominent place in Beloit High School. This honor she received was judged on cooperation, leadership, service, scholarship, character qualities, and personality. Her strengths in English-Journalism landed her a job as a news reporter for the Beloit Newspaper while she was in high school. Betty was an avid swimmer and a lifeguard.
Education was always very important to Betty and she went on to receive her BA degree in English and Education from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. She was a proud member of the Delta Gama Sorority, and was the Secretary for the Dean of Woman. In 1976 she obtained her MA degree in Library Media from Colorado University in Boulder. While working on her MA degree Betty was teaching school full time and taking care of her two kids, Anne and Mark, as a single parent. Her kids were her world; what a blessing to have her as a mother.
Betty loved teaching and her students loved her. She taught twenty-five years with the St Vrain Valley School District at Spangler Elementary, Lyons Elementary, and Northridge Elementary; with the majority of her teaching career spent in Lyons. Prior to teaching in the Longmont and Lyons area she taught for two years in Kansas, seven years in the Denver, Lakewood, and Aurora school systems. Before moving to Longmont she set up libraries for the Topeka Public Schools. She was a member of the NEA, CEA and the SVVEA educational associations.
In addition to Betty Adams' extensive teaching career, she helped set up offices in Denver for an international company, Combustion Engineering. She obtained a Colorado securities license and a Colorado real estate license. She started selling real estate with the Pratt Agency in Longmont and was awarded with having the most listings shortly after starting, all while teaching full time and raising her two children. She also sold real estate for Better Homes and Gardens in Estes Park years later.
Betty retired the summer of 1995 and continued to enjoy her condo which sat on Fall River in Estes Park. Remaining very active and busy, she became the president of the Retired Teachers Association. She enjoyed helping her grandchildren, Garry and Eric with their homework, taking them to ride go-carts, shopping at the Ore Cart rock shop, baking pancakes with blueberry syrup, chocolate chip cookies and spending time with family. She enjoyed mentoring a young girl, Dominique, who she would go roller skating, swimming, and hiking with. Betty belonged to the YMCA and the Estes Park Athletic Club and remained an avid swimmer. She enjoyed a Hawaiian cruise with her sister Nadine after her retirement and had plans to do more traveling. She was able to enjoy two and a half years of her retirement before her life would drastically change due to unforeseen events after a mild heart attack Christmas Day 1997. Betty was lovingly cared for by her daughter Anne and her two grandsons Garry and Eric for the last twenty years of her life.
Betty was preceded in death by her son Mark Adams and his wife Cathy Adams, her parents Jess Adams and Augusta Adams, her sister Nadine Reiter and brother-in-law Max Reiter.
Left to celebrate her life are her daughter Anne Cooper, her two grandsons Garry Cooper and Eric Cooper, her great granddaughter, Aurora Cooper of Loveland, her brother Jack Adams and his wife Dona Adams of Kansas City, Missouri, and many other relatives and friends.
We will miss my mom dearly! She truly was an amazing, strong, and elegant woman who is an inspiration to us all! Our love for her and all the wonderful memories will live on forever in our hearts and in our minds. Until we meet again we truly are blessed to have her as our guardian angel!
A Celebration of Betty’s Life will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 12 p.m., (noon). The celebration will be held at the Ponder Chapel located at the YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Road in Estes Park. There will be a lunch reception next door at the Eagle Cliff Lodge following the service. Burial will be in the Estes Valley Memorial Gardens next to her son Mark Adams and his wife Cathy Adams at a later date.