Betty Pfutzenreuter (1934 - 2012)

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Belgrade, and former Colorado resident, Betty Pfutzenreuter peacefully passed from this life to be with her King on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at her home in Bozeman. Her memorial will be Saturday, July 21, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Belgrade Community Church, 119 South Broadway, Belgrade, Montana. Betty, or "Boop", as many of her friends and family knew her, was born on July 04, 1934, in Kansas City, Kansas. Born with a broken clavicle, she had an experimental bone graft surgery as a toddler. That procedure introduced her to a lifetime of medical issues that followed her for the rest of her life. She graduated from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas, and entered the University of Kansas as a nursing major, pledging the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She married Emerson Wilson in 1955.

Betty and Emerson moved to Georgia while Emerson served in the Army at Ft. Benning. While in Georgia, she taught high school in the segregated culture of the late 1950s. Relocating back in Kansas City in 1958, her husband took a head football coaching position at an area high school. Always a fervent sport enthusiast, she satiated herself as a coach's wife under the Friday night lights and at baseball games. Her son, Michael, was born in Kansas City in 1961, fulfilling Betty's long-time desire to begin a family.

In 1962, the Wilsons moved to Boulder, Colo., where Emerson took the head football coaching job at Boulder High School. Daughters Betsy and Wendy were born in 1964 and 1965 respectively. While in Boulder, Betty was actively involved in many organizations, including BHS Boosters, Boulder Parks and Recreation, Bible Study Fellowship, Daughters of the American Revolution, St. Aidan's Vestry and youth education, Boulder Christian Home Fellowship, and the University of Colorado Alumni Association.

Not afraid to get her hands dirty, Betty refinished furniture, wallpapered, made stained glass windows and gifts and was known for her beautiful singing voice. An accomplished gourmet cook, she used her talents for hosting elegant dinner parties and cooking industrial quantities of food for post-game parents and athletes, summer camps, and church functions.

Her life was dedicated to serving her King and helping struggling or wounded people. She blessed many people through Last Days Ministries, and Greenwood Community Church, as well as her own personal ministries. Her motto was, "the joy of the Lord is my strength" even while her body ached from physical pain.

In 2001, Betty married Don Pfutzenreuter of Bozeman. She is survived by Don; her sister, Mrs. Jane Maier of Kansas City, Kansas; children Michael (Paula) Wilson, Betsy (Joe) Mancuso, and Wendy Wilson (Abby McMillen); and grandchildren Hannah, Stephen (Lindsey), Lukas, and Abigail.

Betty's family would like to thank the Bozeman Lodge staff and Hospice of Southwest Montana for their love, support, and gentle care. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor of Betty B. Pfutzenreuter to: Zoe Women's Services, 1216 W Lincoln St. Suite C, Bozeman, MT 59715, (406) 586-9444 or Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 11390, Bozeman, Montana 59719, (406) 388-9399.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.

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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 19, 2012
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