Betty Ruth Schweer (Fowler)
April 6th, 1940 - October 4th, 2018
Betty Ruth Schweer, wife, mother, artist and best wrapper of presents, passed away on Thursday, October 4th 2018 surrounded by her children and loving family. She is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Billy J. Schweer.
Betty Ruth Fowler was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina. As a child Betty could be seen in the fields picking cotton and tobacco, she was not afraid of a little hard work. Raised by her grandmother, Betty left home at a young age venturing down to Homestead, Florida near Miami. Working (again, part of her constitution) as a waitress, she met a nice looking Air Force Airman, Billy J Schweer who had a yellow ragtop(car) and was constantly pulling practical jokes on her. His way of letting her know he kinda liked her. They married a short time later on March 16th, 1958. Their initials were both B.S. For the next 25 years the Air Force shipped Betty and Bill all over the country soon dragging three children along: Daymond Schweer, Dexter Schweer and Tyleen Schweer Ortiz. A number of times Bill was sent to places like Vietnam, where family could not travel making Betty hold down the fort for long periods of time. Later in life she discovered she had sister she never knew, Terri Brown. They became very close almost instantly. Over the years Betty had a number of odd jobs including: Food Automats, Jeweler, Financial Administrator, Military Wife, but most importantly...Mom.
Betty was an excellent cook and brought her southern background into the family meals. Okra, hominy, lima beans, black-eyed peas, hush puppies, fatback, collard greens and more. All the things her eldest son wouldn't eat. But she made the best fried chicken and had a wonderful and creative touch for deserts. Even though there were times the money was tight, the kids would never know as Christmas' and Birthdays were always the best. Man, could she wrap a present! Our family always had fun. Many nights playing records and dancing to the latest in the living room. Or make popcorn and play cards. One year for Christmas she made four different pies and divided them up so that everyone had a slice of each.
Betty was an amazing artist. She could draw, paint, sew, interior design, ceramics and thousands things more. She won a "Masters" award in her first entry into the biggest ceramic show in the U.S. in Kansas City, 1968. She has made numerous costumes for Halloween, plays and little girls who wanted to dress up their Barbie's. She had impeccable taste along with a great imagination.
She could never pronounce "Elitches or Cement" without sounding like she was a member of the Beverly Hillbillies. And when her grandson was misbehaving she would let him know: "I'm going to rip your ears off and put them in your back pockets so you can hear me kicking your butt." He can no longer wear glasses.
Her hobbies included watching the most annoying reality T.V. shows, the Broncos and taking care of her dog. She wasn't a cat lady. But the thing she enjoyed most was playing the one-armed bandits at the casinos and most times she took home more than what she brought.
After Bill and Betty retired, they took their RV and traveled all over the United States, from the tip of the Florida Keys to the California Coast. They typically stayed at military base camp grounds. One of their favorite activities was doing all kinds of charity work at each site and making friends from every where.
To say "she will be missed" is the understatement of all time.
We are having a memorial, (get together) for anyone who would like to join us on Saturday October 20th, from 12:00pm - 3:00pm at:
6100 South Main St.
Aurora, CO 80016
Betty will be interred at Fort Logan cemetery on Tuesday, October 23rd 2018, at 1:30pm, please meet at Staging Area "B" for the cemetery staff to direct us to the committal site. Everyone is welcomed. Betty will be buried in section 32, site 874, where anyone can see her visit her grave site, after 4pm on October 23rd.
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