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Janet Betz Obituary
Janet Winifred Betz, 90, of Loveland, Colorado, passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 in Berthoud, Colorado. She was born to Clifford Ruff and Adelaide Parker on July 8, 1923 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Jan was raised north of Loveland by her grandmother Ethel Boyd Parker, who was born on the Boyd homestead which is now Boyd Lake. Jan spent most of her life riding horses. She would be gone for hours riding in the foothills west of her home, sometimes taking moonlight rides by herself. She rode a horse to Proctor School and later to Loveland High School. When she took in a movie at the Rialto, she would tie her horse out back. In later years Jan rode her spirited Thoroughbred gelding in the County Fair parade, bareback, with her four children aboard. She had a way with animals, especially horses, that defies description. Janet married Henry Betz of Johnstown and raised 4 children on a farm east of Berthoud. She worked several years at Colorado Crystal in Loveland. She liked to work and she liked to play. She was a wonderful and fun loving Mother who would rather play Cowboys and Indians with her kids than stay inside and do housework. Janet Betz is survived by her 4 children, Katie (Gary) Baird of Mead, David (Laurie) Betz of Wellington, Linda (Jimmy) Newcomb of Wellington and Clifford (Tracey) Betz of Milliken. Janet is also survived by her 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brothers Melvin Smith and Charles Ruff, sister Betty Works, husband Henry Betz, and granddaughter Kimberly Baird. Jan's family wishes to thank the Berthoud Living Center and Hospice. A Memorial Service will be held at the Prickly Pair Ranch on Friday, October 4, 2013 at high noon, 12484 Weld County Road 46, Milliken, Colorado. 970-587-5234. Go to www.viegutfuneralhome.com for condolences.

Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Sept. 29, 2013
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