Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Likely (May 16, 1909 — Feb. 3, 2017)
Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Likely, 107, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017, at the East Morgan County Hospital in Brush. She was born May 16, 1909, in Gallatin, MO, to Homer & Martha Drummond.
The oldest of seven children, Elizabeth graduated from Gallatin High School before attending Colorado State Teacher’s College (UNC) in Greeley, where she earned a teaching degree. She taught in a country school south of Julesburg, CO, for two years.
On June 9, 1928, Elizabeth married Doyle Likely Sr. in Troy, KS. The couple spent the next 79 years together.
Elizabeth & Doyle worked on the family farm south of Julesburg for several years before moving to Kremmling in 1951. While living in Kremmling, Elizabeth worked as a medical assistant for Dr. Ceriani, a well-known country doctor who was later featured in Time Magazine. After retiring, the couple moved to Greeley, CO, in 1979.
While living there, Elizabeth enjoyed cooking, playing bridge and shopping. She was a charter member and the oldest living member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha. In 2009 Elizabeth moved to Brush.
Elizabeth was a devoted wife and mother and dearly loved her children. She was extremely proud of each member of her large family. Her long life allowed her to enjoy many of her great-great-grandchildren in later years. She was well-known for her quick wit and her knowledge of topics, including current affairs, politics and the Denver Broncos. She was well-known for her signature red hair and her always-requested chocolate roll dessert. She enjoyed reminiscing about her experiences living through the first Model T car, the great depression, segregation, as well as both world wars and the Vietnam war.
Survivors include three sons, William (Joan) Likely of Bullhead City, AZ, Doyle (Barbara) Likely Jr. of Glenwood Springs, CO, and Gary (Jimmie) Likely of Brush, CO; 14 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 24 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by twin sisters, Allene Lind and Maxine Van Dyke of Laguna Woods, CA. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband Doyle, two daughters, Marilyn Hammer and Barbara Dietrich; one grandson, Doyle Likely III; one great-grandson, Nolan Whitley; two brothers and two sisters.
At Elizabeth’s request, no service will be held. Inurnment will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver at a later date. The Heer Mortuary & Crematory is entrusted with the cremation arrangements. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center c/o the Heer Mortuary.
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