Memorial Service:

3/19/2011 11:00 am, Moore Howard Chapel on 46th and Tennyson.

Betty A. Sanger

August 20, 1926 :: Brooklyn, NY
Passed Away:
March 13, 2011 :: Denver, CO

Betty A. Sanger, born on August 20, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York to Ethel Hicks and Everett Brothers, joined her loving grandsons Todd and Jay on March 13, 2011.

Betty met her beloved husband Orval L. Sanger in November of 1943 in Buffalo, NY. Orval was stationed at Lake Ontario Ordnances Works manning defensive anti-aircraft positions before being deployed to Europe where he would land at Normandy on D-5 and participate in the Battle of the Bulge. Betty was doing her part for the war effort by working as a riveter in a defense factory.

When they met Betty was engaged but he was no match for Orval. Orval spotted her pushing a baby carriage and asked to see the baby, pulled back the blanket and was surprised by a block of ice. They enjoyed their first laugh, which would last for 67 years. On January 5, 1944 Orval and Betty were married.

After the war Orval and Betty were ranching in Leoti, Kansas where they celebrated the joy of their first child Bonnie, before moving back to Orval’s home state of Nebraska were they gave birth to their second daughter Kris. Betty wanted to be closer to her family so in 1949 the Sanger’s moved to a farm in Gettsyburg, PA next to General Eisenhower’s property and near Betty’s mother.

In 1951 the family moved to Denver, Colorado where Orval worked for Eberhardt Denver, retiring after 30 years. Betty had a long enjoyable employment with the May Co in their downtown department store. In 1958 Betty and Orval welcomed their third child and son Jamie into the world.

While growing up in New York Betty developed a life-long love for theater and books. She was an enthusiastic supporter of community theater usually the first to stand and last to stop applauding.

She was known to everyone simply as “Grandma.” She was said to be so good at it because she had been doing it for so long. Her first grandchild was born in 1962. She was famous for opening her home and heart to all – her German tacos and spaghetti sauce were legendary. Her childhood love for Christmas never diminished you could find her on Christmas eve in her traditional green Snoopy sweatshirt and a crown of stars.

She leaves a legacy of unconditional love, a zest for life, and the importance of family above all.

She is survived by her children, Bonnie Sanger (Steve), Kris Kiley (Pat), and Jamie Sanger (Dalene); 5 grandchildren Sandy Nash (Donald), Kellie Roe (Vince), Christopher Ferguson, Hollie Presley (Darrin), and Joshua Sanger; and 6 great-grandchildren, Kayla Roe, Kristie Roe, Vince Roe, Haley Roe, Malia Nash, and Isabella Presley.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, March 19, 2001 at 11:00 am at Moore Howard Chapel on 46th and Tennyson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you celebrate life by doing something special with a person you love in memory of Betty.

Posted by All Veterans Funeral & Cremation.


2 Responses to Betty A. Sanger

  1. Wendell and Micki Lynch says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you celebrate Betty’s life. Looking back the past 55+ years that we lived near them brings back many treasured memories from eating Betty’s tacos & plus the many times we ate breakfast in the mountains. Playing cards every week and just being together and watching the kids grow up. may God Bless All of You. Much love, Micki and Wendell Lynch

  2. Andrea says:

    You know, I should have risked the bed bugs! I am so sorry for your loss, and for the loss of our wonderful Aunt Betty. Our family has so many great memories, from the Big Weekends to Vegas with Daddy, Laura Betty and Lee, to Natalie and I coming to Denver and Aspen those many years ago. She was loved by so many, and will be missed by many more. Love, Andrea

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