Betty McBee passed from this earth, into the arms of Jesus on April 2 2022 in Holyoke Colorado. Betty was born on September 28 1932 at her family home. Her parents were William (Bill) Henry Milholland and Blondena Dorsey (Kerns) Milholland. Betty was the 3rd of 7 children born to Bill and Blondena. Her siblings were Ila, Don, Norma, Judy, Billy and Allen. Betty grew up in rural Phillips County and attended Holyoke Schools. She was active in Marching Band while attending Holyoke High School.
Betty married Don Guernsey in 1949 and in the mid ‘50s they moved to Denver Colorado where Don was a police officer. Betty and Don had 4 children, Craig, Ronald, Janet & Jeffrey. Betty worked in retail settings. Betty and Don divorced in 1973.
Betty married Jim McBee in 1980 and their family increased with the addition of Jim’s kids, Sherri, Carol Scott and Deanna. Jim and Betty made a point of not defining whose kids any of them were; they were all Jim and Betty’s kids. They moved to Paoli Colorado in the fall of 1982. Deanna came to live with them shortly afterward.
Betty will be dearly missed by all of the her family, Craig (deceased), Ron (Marsha) of Paoli CO , Janet (Kevin) of Thornton CO, Sherri (Steve) of Denver CO, Carol of Denver CO, Jeff of Wheatland WY , Scott (Linda) Coral Springs of FL , Deanna of Paoli CO and Kim Guernsey of Haxtun, CO . This family also includes 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews.
Betty was baptized as a child and her faith was always strong. Jim and Betty attended 1st Baptist Church in Holyoke. Betty was very active in her church and enjoyed volunteering at Melissa Memorial Hospital, where she greeted each person with a smile and an encouraging word. Betty belonged to sewing /quilting groups in Holyoke and Sterling. In addition to her sewing and quilting projects she was also extremely gifted in making stained glass and often had several needlework projects going. Betty made quilts for her family and often for friends, she made baby quilts for each of the babies in all 3 generations of grandchildren. She also designed angels for all of the women in her life from her mom, mother-in-law, sisters, daughters and granddaughters and each angel was named after them. It was a family tradition that at Christmas each daughter, and grandchild received a handmade gift and the guys all got tins full of homemade cookies, this was a delight every year.
Betty was proceeded in death by her parents, Sisters Ila and Norma , brothers Don, Bill and Allen , her son Craig , son-in-laws John and Peter and grandchildren , Cara , Rachel, Jamie ,and Joe.
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