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Obituary: Spahn, Elizabeth

Age 84


Elizabeth “Betty” Joan Meyer Spahn went to be with our Lord on Wednesday June 20, 2012 after a lengthy illness with COPD.
Betty was born June 3, 1928, the fifth daughter of Bessie E. (Gibson) and Walter B. Meyer in Alma, Nebraska. After graduating from high school, she worked as a bookkeeper/cashier for the local J.C. Penney store. In 1947 she moved to Denver and began her government employment with the Veterans Administration.
In April 1948 she married Reuben G. Spahn. She was a stay-at-home mom in the early years with her daughter, Jane Elizabeth and son, John Michael. She was employed at various times with several other government agencies, including the Air Force Finance Center, and retired from the U.S. Geological Survey as Executive Assistant to the regional head of the U.S.G.S. with 21 plus years of Federal Service.
Betty treasured her children, siblings, and enjoyed music, travel, genealogy projects, various bridge clubs and her many wonderful friends. She had a great sense of humor and always looked on the bright side of life. She often said “the great thing about getting older is you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been!” She enjoyed them all.
Her husband, Reuben, preceded her in death in 1984, as did her parents, Bessie E. Gibson and Walter B. Meyer, and his sisters, Irene Moore, Margaret Cain, and Evelyn Skiles. She is survived by daughter Jane Elizabeth Brown, and son John Michael Spahn, both of Spokane, and sister Bonnie Williams, Holdrege, Nebraska; nieces Susan Graf, Alma NE, Carole Peterson, Holdrege, NE; nephews Brad Skiles, Huntley, NE, David Williams, Wichita, KS, and Craig Williams, Drake, CO, and numerous other relatives.
The family wishes to thank all who cared for Elizabeth, especially her Family Home Care Hospice nurses and attendants. Their care and concern was exemplary. She will forever be missed and never forgotten by those who knew and loved her.
Graveside services will be held in Denver, CO at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to Family Home Care Hospice or your favorite charity in her name.


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