Elizabeth “Betty” Harlan Miller Donovan
December 20, 1935 ~ June 1, 2018
Born in Denton, Texas on December 20, 1935, Betty was the only daughter of Edward Dunlap Miller Sr. and Edna May Jones Miller. Growing up with three brothers turned out to be good practice for her own family. Raised in Denton (Texas), Raton (New Mexico) and Los Alamos (New Mexico), her childhood memories were of music, Nancy Drew mysteries, dolls, roller skating, dancing and a young man named Claude Belmont “Pat” Donovan III. College life at Iowa State included membership in Kappa Kappa Gamma and a BS in Institution Management/Dietetics, followed by a West Point marriage to Pat in 1958.
Betty led Pat on a whirlwind honeymoon that included a Boundary Waters canoe trip, then they both settled into letting the Army determine their schedule and home for the next thirty years. Twenty six moves, three boys (Mike, Dave and Kevin), one girl (Katie Donovan Link) and a few really good dogs later, their love for travel and the Rocky Mountains brought them to Ouray.
Retirement only seemed to speed up their pace, as Betty resumed her lead role in travel, volunteerism and making friends that you would swear they had known for a lifetime. Betty’s house was one where family and friends always found a great meal and grandkids always found a full cookie jar. After Pat’s untimely death in 2002, her own health took some unlucky turns, but her spirit of fun remained intact. She continued to travel with family and friends, speed through crossword puzzles and dominate at Scrabble.
Though her last three years necessitated a move down valley to Montrose, she never lost her deep love for her mountain home and friends. Betty was reunited with Pat on June 1, 2018 just in time to celebrate their 60th anniversary. She will be greatly missed by her large, loving family and enough friends to fill the remaining pages of this publication.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 on Saturday, June 30 at The Church of The San Juans in Ridgway, Colorado.