BETTY LOU BUNDGARD

Betty Lou Bundgard May, 29, 1927 - October 7, 2012 Betty was born in Wyman, Iowa, as Betty Lou Huston to parents Rex and Mildred Huston. She passed away on October 7, 2012 at age 85, in her beautiful, peaceful sanctuary of a home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Betty graduated from High School in Crawfordsville, Iowa where she earned her school letter in sports. She continued to enjoy sports throughout her life. Over the years Betty lived and visited wonderful places, ultimately returning to her beloved Santa Fe. Betty had a very full life from working in the fields to meeting Prince Charles. Along life's journey she worked, as an aide in nursing homes and hospitals; she worked hard at the family business in California, and was a caregiver and a personal assistant. Whatever task she took on, she always did her best! Of the many jobs she had, the most important to her was being mother to her six children. She was the matriarch of her family, holding her extended family together with great care. She was preceded in death by her parents; William Rex Huston and Mildred Simmons Huston and, her sisters; Wanda Davey and Dorothy Rash, past husbands Irv.W. Bundgard, Jack H. Laird and Evan K. Davis, her daughters; Jonnie Sue Price and Connie Jean Coca, her son, Jack Huston Laird, and grandson, David Huston Coca and her beloved poodle, B.J. She is survived by her brother, Don Huston, her daughters; Vicki Lee Sandoval, Kathy Marie Tatom and Debbie Jo Laird, grandchildren; Tony Coca, Aimee Penny, Tammy Lueras, Brian Sandoval, Shannon Schultheis, Emily Stephens, Erin Pemberton, Seth Lawson, and all her beautiful great grandchildren. She is also survived by her extended family; Clif Walbridge, Linda Hancock, Steve Tatom and Dave Blossom. Betty surrounded herself with beauty. The natural world, the flowers and the birds inspired her. Wherever she lived, with just the right mix of love, laughter and moving furniture, each house became a beautiful home. Betty had an indomitable strength of spirit and an unshakeable faith that allowed her to survive and thrive through the many challenges of a life well lived. She embraced life and lived every day fully, never missing the opportunity to give thanks for the blessings that presented themselves. She found the good in every person she encountered. Her radiant smile and sparkling eyes brightened the spirits of all who met her until the day she died. The family extends their thanks to Ambercare Hospice, Coming Home Connection, Palliative Care Services of Santa Fe and a very special thank you to Dr. Karin Thron. There was a private visitation in her home. A celebration of Betty's life will take place when the hummingbirds return in the spring.