Betty Wilson Hyer of Denver, Colo., passed away on Oct. 2, 2011, at Denver Hospice. A memorial service will be held at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel at 3101 S. Wadsworth in Lakewood, Colo., on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception. Betty will be interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver alongside her husband, Lewis K. Hyer Jr., who preceded her in death in 2006.
Betty was born on the James S. Wilson farm northeast of Dysart on Jan. 3, 1921. Following graduation from Dysart High School in 1938, she attended Cedar Rapids Business College. Betty spent one summer as a waitress at The Coffee Bar in Estes Park, Colo., before moving to Denver and working as a secretary at Standard Oil Company. She met her husband, Lewis Hyer, on a double date at the Trocadero Ballroom at Elitch Gardens amusement park, and they were married on Sept. 3, 1955. Betty and Lewis had two children, Lew and Lisa, and Betty was a devoted homemaker, wife and mother throughout her life.
Betty loved her many dogs over the years, including her most recent canine companion, Cassie (a miniature schnauzer). She was a member of Eastern Star and the United Methodist church, and she loved traveling in the U.S. and Europe, making beaded and paper art, reading, camping, bowling, writing poetry, watching Denver Nuggets basketball games, reminiscing about Iowa with her siblings, nieces and nephews, and most of all spending time with her beloved husband and children.
Betty is survived by son Lewis K. Hyer III (Helene) and daughter Lisa Hyer Davenport (Rob), along with 11 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, James S. and Mary Wilson, brothers James, Robert, Edward and Delmar, and sisters Isabel (Mary) Harp and Margaret (Peg) Wilson.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Betty's memory may be made to the Denver Dumb Friends League animal shelter or the Shriners Hospitals for Children.