Elizabeth (Betty) Rouyn Busch - March 13, 2014
Elizabeth Rouyn Busch (Betty) was born Oct. 14, 1924 in Ottawa, Canada, to Thomas William and Edna Angela (Proctor) Bathurst, the third child in a family of six daughters.
?Betty was a decedent from early English settlers in Glengarry County, Ontario. Her father was a WW I veteran and successful prospector developing the Red Lake Mining District north of Lake Superior.
?Betty had luxurious early years in Ottawa with servants, Packard cars, and associations with prominent businessmen and politicians. This ended with the Great Depression. In 1935 her family moved to rural Dalhousie Mills, Ontario where she lived an idyllic life.
? She was schooled in Ottawa by Catholic nuns, completed grade school in a one room school house, and graduated high school in Alexandra, Ontario.
After graduation Betty worked in Montreal, Canada for Defense Industries Limited, supporting the WWII war effort.
Betty loved to dance, belonging to the social organization Navy House where she danced with service men going to the European War. At war’s end she met a U.S. Army Air Force bomber crewman. After a whirlwind courtship she and Leonard Randall Busch married in Montreal, March 11, 1946.
? Betty moved to a wheat farm in southwest Nebraska outside of Venango. As a famer’s wife she raised four children, was a member of America Legion Auxiliary, bowled on three leagues, and attended her children’s athletic and school events. In 1969 she and Randal moved to Fort Collins, Colo. She worked for Golden West Nursing Home and with Dr. John O’Neill.
In 1950 Betty became an American citizen. She was equally proud of England and the crown, her native Canada, and her adoptive United States. She always had a soft spot for war veterans after knowing so many who were wounded or didn’t come back from the war.
? She was an ardent Catholic being a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Holyoke, Colo. and St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Collins.
She enjoyed trips to Canada for family gatherings and the Glengarry Scottish Highland Games. Betty was close to her Canadian family and made many friends wherever she lived.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and sisters, Marguerite Piche and Edna Ouzoux.
She is survived by sons Randy and wife Maggie, Jim and wife Melody, Brian and wife Dianne and grandchildren Carrie and Catherine, and daughter Marlene and husband Jose Vera. In Canada she is survived by sisters Ida Cowan, Sylvia Sangster, Dianne McCloud, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Contributions should be made to the American Diabetes Association, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins CO 80526.