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Betty (Davis) Freudenburg


1924 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Betty (Davis) Freudenburg Obituary
Betty Davis Freudenburg passed away peacefully in her home January 2, 2015, the day after she turned 91.
A trophy-winning New Year's Baby born in Alliance, Ohio on January 1st, 1924, Betty was raised in Birmingham Alabama by parents Bob and Helen Davis. She and her brother Bill enjoyed a world of exploration and discovery, encouraged by the contraptions invented by their Dad.
An active Girl Scout from Brownie through adult, as a Girl Scout Mariner one favorite teen memory for Betty was traveling with her troop in an open truck, perched on duffle bags and paying the driver $10 each for the journey from Birmingham to New Orleans. A fun-filled week of teaching swimming and archery, canoeing and outdoor cooking culminated with the Sea Scout ball. The ball gowns apparently survived the rough journey no worse for the wear!
Betty majored in Psychology at Birmingham-Southern College, and it was at "Southern" that an Army Trainee named Eldon noticed both Betty's convertible, and her sparkling dark eyes. A courtship limited to letters during the war was followed by a proposal, and the young couple's wedding trip was the long drive from Birmingham to rural Nebraska, which had been Eldon's home.
Eldon's eventual career in banking landed the family in West Point, Nebraska, where they raised three children – Jim, Bill, and Patti. In West Point Betty was very active in Scouting, as a Red Cross Volunteer at the area's hospital, and in PEO.
Betty and Eldon retired in Estes Park, Colorado in 1974. There, Betty's passion for history surfaced as she first volunteered for and then wrote a book about a local historic property -- Facing the Frontier: The Story of the MacGregor Ranch. Betty was also active in hiking while in Estes – her "Over the Hill Gang" culminated every hiking season with a trek over the Continental Divide, ending up in Grand Lake.
After losing her dear Eldon in 2005, Betty moved to Colorado Springs to be closer to their daughter, Patti. Involved in neighborhood teas, PEO, Pi Beta Phi and classes at the Senior Center, Betty was a delight to all who knew her.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband and their son Bill. She is survived by son Jim (Phyllis), daughter Patti (Tony White), five grand-children and one great-grandson.
Betty loved gardening, and loved flowers, but if she were here to give us guidance today she would encourage those interested to instead invest funds in either of her favorite charities: The Old Colorado City Historical Society (which still carries her book!) One S. 24th Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 (kindly list "Freudenburg Memorial" in the notation section of your check) or The Rocky Mountain Conservancy, PO Box 3100, Estes Park, CO 80517. (kindly put "The Next Generation Fund/Freudenburg" as a notation).
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 2:30 at First Congregational Church, 20 E St Vrain, Colorado Springs, CO. A celebration at Betty's home will follow the service.
We are grateful to have had Betty in our lives for so many years.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Jan. 30, 2015
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