Elizabeth A. "Betty" Pepin

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Elizabeth A. "Betty" Pepin, of Henderson, Colorado, was born Sept. 25, 1942, in Fargo, North Dakota, to Roland and Julie (Kretzschmar) Brandt.  She moved to Denver at the age of 18 to attend X-ray technician school. 
Betty met the love of her life, Bernie Pepin, at the bus stop in front of his Texaco station and married him June 21, 1962.  They had three children, Mark (Rebecca) Pepin, of Longmont, Sara (Don) Suriani, of Loveland, and Paul (Kelly) Pepin of Henderson; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Emily and Joshua Suriani, Tanner and Conner Pepin, Brandt and Kelsey Pepin; great-grandchildren, Rayven and Everett Nicholas. 
Other survivors are sisters Lolly (Chuck) Macrum, of Greeley, and Linda Drury of Lakewood; and brother Jim (Janie) Brandt, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Her parents; her husband; and her grandson, Tyler, preceded her in death.
Betty was very active in her Commerce City community and church.  She served as executive director of a non-profit organization, Commerce City Community Health Services for 21 years.  Prior work history included Central Elementary School, Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange.  After retiring, Betty worked and volunteered at  the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. 
Betty loved her church and her Lutheran faith. She  was an active member of Nativity Lutheran Church for 50 years and served in every capacity imaginable.
Her love of community and volunteerism was evident in her  service on the Rocky Mountain Synod Council (ELCA), the Commerce City Rotary Club, both the Colorado and the National Association for School-based Health Centers, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Medical Monitoring Citizen Advisory Board and the Adams County Department of Social Services-Family Preservation Commission. 
Betty received an award for her service as the Commerce City Business Professional of the Year, the Commerce City Professional Association Citizen of the Year, the Friend of Children Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Colorado Association for School-based Health Care.
Betty was a generous, kind, witty and compassionate woman who enjoyed traveling with family and friends.  She had a second chance at love with a dear friend and partner, Dale Schwartz.  Her eyes lit up when he entered the room.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Nativity Lutheran Church, 12500 E. 104th Ave., Commerce City 80022; Kids First Healthcare, 4675 E. 69th Ave., Commerce City 80022 (www.kidsfirsthealthcare.org); or the Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, 6550 Gateway Road, Commerce City 80022.
A memorial service was Aug. 6 at Nativity Lutheran Church. Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled arrangements.
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Published in Fort Lupton Press on Aug. 8, 2018
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