Elizabeth J. 'Betty Jo' Pickering, 81, entered her heavenly home on February 25, 2004, following a valiant struggle after open heart surgery in December. Betty was born in Pueblo, September 30, 1922, to Donald E. and Mary Elizabeth Williams, who both precede her in death. She will be sorely missed by her husband of 60 years, James A. 'Jim' Pickering; daughters, Cheryl (Joe) Orazem and Pamela (Dave) Duran of Pueblo; sister, Shirley (Jerrald) Hollowell of Carlisle, PA; and stepmother, Dorothy Williams of Pueblo. She dearly loved her grandchildren, Allison and Evan Duran of Pueblo, Dena (Bret) Romero of Texas and two great granddaughters; niece, Karen and nephews, Kevin and Eric. Betty was also loved by her PEO sisters of Chapter BT and was an active member of First Baptist Church. She worked for 13 years at First National Bank, but her life-calling was caring for her family, which included her beloved dogs and cats. Betty was a very generous and loving person, always considering others before herself. At her request, cremation with no viewing. A celebration of her life will be held at 1 PM, Saturday, February 28, 2004, at First Baptist Church, 9th and Grand, with Pastor Dvirnak, Pastor Harley and Pastor Folger officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the PEO Educational Loan Fund, the Cooperative Care Center, or the Betty Pickering Memorial Fund at First Baptist Church through the funeral home. The family expresses their thanks to her doctors and caregivers at Parkview Hospital and at Penrose and SemperCare hospitals in Colorado Springs. Online condolences www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Our prayers of celebration are with you. We know Heaven is a better place today.
    Very sorry we can’t make the memorial but we will be in prayer as you celebrate a life that should be a model to all Christians.
    All of our Love.
    Kent and Pamela

  2. My thoughts, prayers, and memories are with you all today. May you have comfort in the special time you had together and draw strength from your cherished memories.

    Love,
    Geri

  3. Cheryl & family: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sorry I can’t attend the service, but as Geri mentioned, we left for a cruise on Friday. Will talk to you upon my return.

    Lee

  4. To Jim and the family,we want to express our deep sorry at the passing Betty.She was a true “Lady” and always true to her faith.It was always nice to see her up at Rye,being the proud Grandmother ,pictures and all.We are sure going to miss her on Linger Longer Lane,God Bless. Howard and Sunny Meyer

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