Elizabeth “Betty” Louise Lacefield
January 9, 1948 ~ February 21, 2019
Elizabeth “Betty” Louise Lacefield (Kruger), 71, passed away February 21, 2019, at HPH Hospice in Brooksville, FL with her companion, John W. Arnold, at her side. She was born January 9, 1948, in Phoenix, AZ to Arthur Kruger and Louise Huerstel. Betty grew up in Phoenix, AZ, and graduated from Washington High School in 1966. She loved to dance, and after graduating from Arizona State University, she taught physical education and dance at Tempe High School for several years. In 1982, she married Don R. Lacefield, of Littleton, CO and they remained married for nearly thirty years until his passing in 2011. While residing in Littleton, she worked for Dictaphone as a computer trainer and manager. In 1992, Don and Betty moved to Ridgway, CO, where they built the house of their dreams among the beautiful San Juan Mountains. Betty worked in the Ouray post office and volunteered with the Ouray County Medical Services as an ambulance driver and dispatcher. In 2012, Betty met John W. Arnold, of Brandon, FL, and over a bond of mutual love for old cars, he became her companion until her passing. The two had recently moved to a home in Weeki Wachee, FL.
Betty loved cooking, travel, the arts, collector cars, and most of all, dogs. She was always up for a new adventure, whether antiquing with her spirited mother-in-law or cooking up a feast for friends and family. From taking flying lessons and getting her pilot’s license, to learning to weld, to taking Zumba classes, Betty was willing to try anything once. Sassy and quick-witted, tough and gutsy, Betty will be remembered most for her engaging smile, the twinkle in her eyes, and her endearing laugh.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Joe, and her husband, Don. She is survived by her companion, John W. Arnold, her brothers William H. Kruger of Phoenix, AZ, and Donald Kruger of Merritt Island, FL, her sister, Georgianne Carol Cook, NJ, her step-daughters Lori L. Lacefield and Tami L. Lacefield of CO, her cousins Diane S. Didier, Donna M. Brown, and Dotty Runnells of LA, along with several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Betty’s life will be held later this spring at the United Church of the San Juans in Ridgway, CO. Memorials in her honor may be made by donating to any no-kill animal shelter, including MaxFund at www.maxfund.org or the Arizona Animal Welfare League at www.aawl.org.