August 20, 1938 – November 16, 2021
Our beautiful mother is now one of the angels she loved so much.
Betty Ann Arnold was born August 20, 1938 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. She moved with her family to Durango, Colorado in the mid-1950s and graduated from Durango High School in 1956. She attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, UCLA Calif. For one semester, and BYU Business College in Utah (briefly until they went out to drink coffee). You don’t take away his coffee!
The moment she saw this handsome boy sing in the Presbyterian church choir, she knew he would be her husband. Betty Ann married Donald L. Honeycutt on July 6, 1958 in Durango.
They had three daughters, Laura Dee, Tammy Kay and Sheri Jeanne, and in 1966 their young family moved to Silverton, where Dad was the sole representative of Western Colorado Power Co. During the summers in Silverton, Mum worked in a candy shop. and roamed the streets of Silverton placing advertisements on cars, inviting tourists to watch a documentary on the history of Silverton.
She hated winters in Silverton, when snow piled up all the way to the windows and, after six winters of cabin fever, decided it was time for the family to return to Durango. After moving into our new home on Main Street, she joined a theater troupe and was thrilled to play the memorable character, Mrs. Doolittle, in a summer theatrical production of “My Fair Lady”.
Mom and Dad moved to Moab, Utah in 1979 and after a number of years there Dad retired from Utah Power and Light and they moved to Grand Junction.
Mom became a dedicated caregiver for Dad after he developed Lewy Body Dementia. When Dad passed away in October 2011, Mum took over most of the chores he did around the house – irrigation, yard work, household bookkeeping, and various household chores – like a pro. Mom loved spring and always looked forward to having flowers in the ground. She loved autumn and its glow, but she could do without the heat of summer and the gloom of winter.
She loved quilts and lovingly made quilts for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mom researched family genealogy – “genius”, she called it – to the kings of England in “ancient times” a thousand years ago. She loved the Broncos, especially during the Peyton Manning era and attended a Broncos game in 2013, with seats near the field. She also collects figurines of angels.
Mom’s heart was broken when her youngest daughter, Sheri, died in 2005 at the age of 41. Her heart is now whole and we know their reunion was sweet. They’re together again, sharing recipes and shenanigans.
Mom loved many of God’s creatures during her 83 years – from the turtle we picked up in Missouri trying to cross a country road, to her guinea pigs and the plethora of dogs and cats that were part of family over the years.
She is predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Elizabeth Arnold; husband, Donald L. Honeycutt; brother, Eugene Arnold, and his daughter, Sheri Erwin.
She is greatly missed by her four-legged boys, the dogs, Alvin and Roddy, and the cat, Domino.
His two-legged survivors include daughters, Dee (Ryan) Goodsell, of Grand Junction and Tammy (Allen) Gemaehlich, of Grand Junction. There are six grandchildren, Colby (Stefanie) Goodsell, of Grand Junction; Chanel (Geoff) Crumbaugh, of Palisade; Technical sergeant. Camille Goodsell, stationed in the Netherlands; Jon Fitzpatrick, of Grand Junction; Kevin (Lacie) Fitzpatrick, of Grand Junction; Paul (Jaime) Erwin, of West Jordan, Utah, and Chris Erwin of Ogden, Utah; great-grandchildren, Jayden and Jaycee Crumbaugh, Krosby and Blake Fitzpatrick, Connor Goodsell, Alba Erwin and step-great-grandchildren, Victoria and Lucas.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, at Grand Junction First of the Nazarene Church, 2802 Patterson Road.
Instead of flowers, donations to an animal rescue or sanctuary would warm Betty’s heart.
Published by The Daily Sentinel November 19-21, 2021.