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Betty Jane Oram, 87, of Louisville, CO peacefully passed away at Avista Hospital. Betty was born in Wilkes Barre, PA, the only child of Ada and Earl Kepler. Her early days were spent in Stamford, CT where she attended her first 11 years of school. She had wonderful memories of those times and had recently attended two class reunions there. Betty married William V. Oram in January of 1946. Bill was a thrice wounded U.S. Army veteran of the Normandy invasion and the campaign to liberate France. He was in the service for 26 years, and the family lived in New Jersey, Florida, Japan, South Carolina, Alaska, Virginia, Germany and Texas during that time. Bill died in 1985 and Betty remained in Texas for 11 years, continuing her work as the director of Youth Services at Ft. Hood. She created art, music, adventure and social programs for the children of military families. She was a kind, intelligent lady with a sharp wit and an adventurous spirit. One of her favorite pastimes was to take a drive on an unknown road just to see where it led. She was a passionate and dedicated lover of all animals, but especially dogs. She could never turn down a request for help, and almost every charity knew her name (and had her phone number!) She was a natural leader and was past president of Central Texas Girl Scouts, the Louisville Chapter of the ABWA and the local Study Club. Her interests included playing bridge, reading, gardening, swimming, and especially traveling the mountain roads of Colorado. Even in her 80's, she would drive her friends to Rocky Mountain National Park and over Trail Ridge Road to Grand Lake. While she had many wonderful friends, her greatest joy in life was spending time with her children and family. She is survived by her son Peter Toby Oram and wife Jackie of Oklahoma City, daughter Beth Butler and partner Greg Short of Little Rock, AR, son Kip Oram and wife Anne of Louisville, grandson Peter Travis Oram, wife Colette and her two wonderful great grandsons, Riley and Logan of Thornton. She was a unique lady with a big heart and a generous soul. According to Betty, her only regret in life was that she waited so long to move to Colorado. She had a full, happy, successful life well lived to the end, and will be deeply missed by us all. No services will be held at this time, but family will have a private gathering at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Longmont Humane Society, 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont, CO 80501, either in person or by sending a check in memory of Betty Oram.

Published in The Daily Camera on May 18, 2014
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