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Obituary: Elizabeth Katherine (Betty) Rose

Elizabeth Katherine “Betty” Rose, 82, of Berthoud passed away quietly at her home on Friday, March 13, 2009.

Survivors include her husband, Russell F. Rose, Jr. of Berthoud; daughters, Kathy Athens of Littleton, and Paula Madok and husband, George, of Evergreen; and four grandchildren, Christopher and Michael Athens, and James and Caroline Madok.

Her parents, Robert and Eleanor Shaw; son, Russell Francis “Rusty” Rose, III; son-in-law, Bill Athens; and three sisters, Roberta Egan, Mary Shaw (age 6), and Betty’s infant twin, all preceded her in death.

She was born May 12, 1926, in Norwalk, Conn., to Robert and Eleanor (Purcell) Shaw. She graduated from high school in 1945 and later attended a local business school. While working at Pitney-Bowes, Betty met Russell Rose at a YMCA dance. The couple was married July 15, 1950, in Darien, Conn.

Betty had worked as an administrative assistant for Pitney-Bowes and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Belvoir, Va. The Rose family moved to Colorado in 1965.  She worked for IBM as a production analyst for nearly 25 years, retiring in 1990.

She enjoyed reading and was proud of her eligibility for Mensa. While short in stature, she was never short on humor. Her survivor spirit, friendly smile, quick wit, and love of family will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held at Howe Mortuary, Longmont at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, with interment at Green Mountain Cemetery, Boulder. Memorial donations may be made to Denver Options, Inc., Traumatic Brain Injury Fund, 9900 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO  80231. Please share thoughts, memories and condolences with the family at

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