ELIZABETH (BETH) FORD BOSS (102) passed away the 22nd of December at the Hildebrand Care Center in Canon City. Born February 5, 1914, in Carr, CO. to Roy O. and Mary Nettie (Trimble) Elam, Beth graduated from College High in Greeley, CO., in 1931, and UNC in 1935 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education.
Her first teaching assignment was in Kanorado, KS, where she taught business subjects at the high school from 1935-1938 until her marriage to Adam Ford. Their son Bob was born in March in 1939, and they moved to Longmont, CO, in November.
In 1942, they moved to Lyons, CO, where Beth taught business subjects at the Junior-Senior High for 35 years, retiring in 1977 as a Vocational Business Teacher. During those years she also did graduate work at UNC, CSU, and Western State.
She earned great love and respect from her students as she cared about their success. In the words of a student: She made me learn whether I wanted to or not. She was also involved with her students outside the classroom sponsoring various activities.
In 1968, she and Adam moved back to Longmont, where she did volunteer work in the office of the Calvary Baptist Church from 1977-1996. She was also a member of the retired school employees association, the Rebekah Lodge in Lyons, and a lifetime member of the Longmont Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.
In her younger years, she liked to read, to play cards with her family, and to travel with Adam in their camper group. After Adam’s death in 1972 and her retirement in 1977, she enjoyed traveling with groups on bus tours. In 1983 she married Fred Boss, a neighbor and friend, and they continued traveling together. In 1996, they moved to Canon City. Fred died the following year.
Beth was very proud to be still living at home on her 100th birthday. Shortly afterward, her physical health forced her into the nursing home. However, her mind stayed sharp right until the end. In the nursing home one could see her at her computer, playing solitaire, working jigsaw puzzles, sending e-mails or greeting cards. She also had her favorite TV programs that she would watch on her big screen TV, keeping informed by spending much of the time watching Fox News.
Beth loved a good steak and her sweets. She loved puzzles of all kinds—her favorites were cryptograms, crossword puzzles, and on-line jigsaw puzzles. At 102 she may have been one of the oldest persons on Facebook and Skype. Those helped her to keep in touch with her family and friends around the country.
Beth proudly displayed photos of all her family members on a large photo board in her room. She leaves her son Bob (Judy) Ford, grandson Chad (Annie) Ford, great- granddaughters Taylor and Perry Ford, all of Canon City; grandson Greg (Kenra) Ford of Lawton, OK; great-grandson Michael (Megan) Ford and twin great-great-granddaughters Abigail and Claire of Baker, FL; great- grandson Zak (Sara) Ford and great-great-grandsons Aiden and Wylie Ford of Granbury, TX and several nephews. She will be dearly missed by those who knew her and loved her. Beth was predeceased by her husbands, Adam Ford and Fred Boss, and her sister Carol Miller and brother-in-law Roland Miller.
At her request no services will be held. A family graveside service in Longmont will be held at a later date.