Elizabeth M. Roesch Lincoln passed away early on Nov. 2, 2013, according to her family. Betty, as she was popularly known, went quietly in Columbine West in Fort Collins, Colo. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Melvin.
Born in 1927 in Whiting Ind., Betty was the oldest of two children by Willard and Florence Roesch, delivered by her father because the M.D. arrived too late. While studying to be a primary school teacher
at Indiana University
, Bloomington, she met a young engineer from Iowa who lived next door, Mel. For their first date she invited him to a church group meeting, and they were fond of sharing Cokes on Saturday night. Mel was soon called away to military duty in Korea, but after his return they married in 1956. They then settled in Hammond, Ind., where Betty taught first grade. Later they moved to nearby Highland and had three children "" Susan, David and James.
Betty spent the essential middle years devoted to her family, as Mel's career took them first to New York City, then abroad. In 1966 with three young children in tow, Betty and Mel were transferred to Dsseldorf, Germany, where Betty quickly adapted to expatriate life "" learning German, acquiring the ins and outs of housekeeping as an expat, and navigating the many unforeseen joys and challenges of international life. What was supposed to be a five-year stint abroad turned into a 20-year adventure, as Betty and her family moved to London, England, then to Stavanger, Norway. Once all three children had gone off to college, Betty and Mel went on to live in The Seychelles and Nairobi, Kenya. Throughout, Betty was a well-loved presence in the expat community and a devoted and active member of her chosen church.
In 1986 Betty and Mel retired to Green Valley, Ariz. While enjoying trips to Alaska, China, Brazil and other unexplored places, Betty settled into the local community, and became a proud member of the Green Valley P.E.O. chapter, and active in the Stephens Ministry through Valley Presbyterian Church. In 2009 Betty and Mel moved to Parker, Colo., to be closer to their family. Mel passed away the following year.
Betty is survived by her brother John of Ripon, Wis., her daughter Sue of Fort Collins, Colo., her sons David and Jim, of Brooklyn and Hastings, N.Y., respectively, and her five grandchildren.
Services for Betty will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17, at Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley, Ariz.
Those wishing to make a donation in Betty's memory are directed to send checks, made payable to "Cottey College," directly to P.E.O. Executive Office, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312.