Elizabeth M. 'Betty' Spears was born Feb. 12, 1918, in Cañon City, Colo., to Frank and Mary Koncilia. She married Claude W. 'Bill' Spears at Camp Carson, Colo., on June 21, 1943. They resided in Pueblo until the time of their deaths. Betty was a member of Holy Family Church and the Western Slavonic Association. After many years of service, she retired from Pueblo Bank & Trust. She loved her roses, often placing beautiful bouquets on the church altar. Her grandchildren and great- grandchildren loved her popcorn. They nicknamed her 'Ama Popcorn.' She passed into the Lord's hands on July 4, 2007, at the Life Care Center, Pueblo. Survivors include daughters, Marie (Raymond) Ferguson, Tucson, Ariz. and Irene (Raymond) Wright, Pueblo; son, Clyde W. Spears, Calif.; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Trevor (Leah) Ferguson, Cameron and Charity, Tucson, Ariz., Eric (Shalyn) Ferguson and Megan, Shelby, Kodi and Weldon, Jacksonville, Fla., Raymond Wright, Jr., Pueblo, Jason (Maudeen) Wright and Scott and Justin, Pueblo, Michelle and Christopher Spears, California; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Betty was preceded in death by husband, Claude W. 'Bill' Spears; parents, Frank and Mary Koncilia; brothers, Frank and Joe Koncilia; sisters, Mary Brinsky, Louise Flick and Teresa Bole. The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors. Funeral Mass, 2 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2007, at Holy Family Church, 2827 Lakeview Ave., with the Reverend Father Robert Hagan, SJ as celebrant and Deacon Steve Lumbert as the deacon of the Mass. Family interment at Mountain View Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of food and flowers, the family requests donations in Betty's name, to Life Care Center through the funeral home. The family wishes to express their appreciation to all the staff at Life Care Center for the loving care of our mother and grandmother. An extra big 'Thanks' to Station One. Betty was truly loved and will be missed by all. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. The Gift of life we cherish,
    The Gift of life goes fast,
    The Gift of love will never end,
    As long as memories last.

    Our memories of Aunt Betty will always be with us.

    Our sympathy is with all the family in this time of sorrow and may God comfort you and give you peace.

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