Elizabeth (Betty) Hoagland

Elizabeth (Betty) Fleming Hoagland was born on Dec. 18, 1924 in Vienna, New Jersey to James E and Helen Hoagland Fleming. The farmlands and Appalachian mountains of NJ would always be "home" although life would take her and her husband, Ira Hoagland, to Colorado Springs in 1953 where they would remain forever finding pleasure living at the foot of Pikes Peak. Betty attended Beaver College and Trenton State Teachers College planning to be an elementary school teacher, but instead devoted her life to being a homemaker, helpmate to Ira in his photography business, and community volunteer.

When her daughters were young, she and Ira hosted a Girl Scout troop in their home every Saturday morning. As an empty nester she soon found herself involved in Assistance League of Colorado Springs doing projects such as Operation School Bell, volunteering to read and do crafts with hospitalized children, and performing puppet shows in grade schools to warn children about the dangers of drug use. She also served as one of the Ladies of Briarhurst, worked on several elections for the Democratic Party, and was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church.

Both she and Ira loved to travel in their motor home, especially with grandchildren in tow, and they traveled throughout most of the USA. Betty was also an avid gardener, connoisseur of good food, a talented seamstress (even making costumes, winter coats and prom dresses for her daughters as they grew up), and a huge collector of everything.

Betty entered eternal life on Dec. 20th 2013. She is survived by her two daughters Peggy (Norm) Murray and Debby Ryerson, six grandchildren, and seventeen great grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband, Ira, and grandson Mark Ryerson.

Memorial service will be on Jan 18 at The Light of Christ Anglican Church, 11 am, 4000 W Yale, Denver, CO.

Funeral Home

Evergreen Funeral Home
1830 East Fountain Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80910
(719) 475-8303

Published in The Gazette on Jan. 15, 2014