Betty Schroeder |

Betty Schroeder

Elizabeth “Betty” Schroeder, of Rifle, Colo., died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at E. Dene Moore Memorial Home in Rifle. She was 92.

Mrs. Schroeder was born Dec. 15, 1909, in Washington, D.C., to Frederick James and Marion Yoder Brunner. She graduated from Central High School in Washington, D.C., where she was a champion swimmer. She married James Allen Schroeder Jr., from Abbeville, S.C., on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1931, in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Schroeder was a retired safety specialist with the IRS in Chamblee, Ga. She was a 4-H and Girl Scout leader, worked with Job’s Daughters, taught Sunday school, and was involved in many school activities with her children. She wrote for the Montgomery County Sentinel when she lived in Gaithersburg, Md. She was an avid reader and loved to cook for other people. From 1979-2000, she was active in her church and many other organizations in Elbert, Colo. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for 75 years and was past matron of four Eastern Star groups. She moved to Rifle in February 2000.

She was preceded in death in 1996 by her husband, and in 1987 by a daughter, Kathleen S. Fitzwater.

She is survived by: daughters Mary and husband Larry Smith, of Elizabeth, Colo., Charlotte Clark, of Stone Mountain, Ga., Barbara and husband Harry Kissell, of Rifle; son-in-law Dr. Ivan Fitzwater, of San Antonio, Texas; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; niece Beatrice Martin McDaniel, of Atlanta, Ga.; nephew Jasper M. Martin, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; sisters-in-law Kathleen Schroeder Crawford, of Atlanta, and Eleanor Schroeder Pfeiffer, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and many other nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Elbert, Colo., and at Crossroads Assisted Living in Rifle. Cremation will take place.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elbert Presbyterian Church Ladies Aid, P.O. Box 159, Elbert, CO 80106.

Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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