Betty Hower Champlin, 85, passed away April 4, 2009. She was born in 1923, in Buffalo, N.Y. Survived by her husband, Dr. Gardner Champlin; son, Gardner Jr. (Lois); daughters, Nancy Loehr and Sarah (Steve) Wolf; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Betty attended Wells College, graduated from Northwestern University and was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 11 a. m. Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at Ascension Episcopal Church, 18th & Grand, with the Reverend Father Andrew McMullen officiating. Please omit flowers, as they are not allowed in the church, and food. Memorials may be made to Pueblo Animal Services in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be made online also at

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  1. Dear Dr. Champlin,
    My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. I truly know how difficult the days ahead will be but the memories of Betty will sustain you. You were the best boss I ever had and I will never forget the time we worked together.
    This is Margie Leinberger Russell.
    I remarried 3 years ago.
    May God watch over you & give you the courage and strength you need in the days ahead. In Christian Love, Margie

  2. Gard,
    You and Betty have always been favorite people for us since the Buffmires made you our friends. We miss Don and send you our condolences for Betty. May God be with you.

  3. Dr. Champlin, Teddy, Nancy & Sally. You have all been happy part of my life. From skiing with in the early years to fishing in Baja, Mexico where Betty dove into the ocean to try and retrieve fathers sunglasses. With deepest and sincere sympathy.

    Jay & Martha

  4. Dear Gard & Ted & Nancy & Sally. My heart goes out to each of you in this time of your great sorrow. May you rely on each other for the support needed by family. Betty was a true friend to my family over the years and she will be truely missed

  5. Dear Ted & Lois,

    Our hearts go out to you though we’re miles apart. May the comfort of Jesus and His strong peace be a fortress around you and your family.

    With deepest sympathy,

  6. Dear family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you that God will bring to mind all your fondest memories of Mrs Champlin. My mom Annie Schweers worked with Dr Champlain for many years and loved you all.

  7. Our family’s heartfelt sympathy to the Champlin family. It is a close association that spans more than 50 years going back to Ellsworth Air Force base in Rapid City SD when the Champlins were just starting out as a young doctor’s family in a newly created US Air Force. Betty and Gard, friends of my inlaws and late wife in SD, were at the start of my family when they flew to attend our wedding on Long Island NY. Military fate allowed us to live in Colorado near enough to them that we saw their children grow up, visit frequently and host my family to outings at the cabin in Rye. We both had the opportunity to attend each others childrens weddings and meet the grandchildren.
    Betty was a model for us to follow in contributions to the community and family. Our times together bring memories that my family cherishes. The loving memory of Betty will never fade.

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