Our dear mother, Elizabeth Rose Boyle, 99, of Denver, passed from this life on March 26, 2023.
Elizabeth was predeceased by husband, Donald and daughter, Mary Kathleen Hartness; sisters, Carmen Anderson and Evelyn DeAnda; and brother, Victor Artese. She is survived by sons, Kevin (Diana) Boyle, Thomas Boyle, Michael (Karantarat) Boyle, and Brian (Jeanine) Boyle; and daughter, Maureen (Marcus) Suter; son-in-law, Howard Hartness; grandchildren, Ryan, Patrick (Cory), Spencer (Mairi) and Carlie; step grandchildren, Andreas (Aubrey) and Arie (Shelby) Suter, and Anna and McKennon Harriman; great grandchildren, Conner, Aiden, and Griffin; step great grandson William: sister, Delores Trestik, and Betty’s beloved extended family.
Elizabeth, more commonly known as “Betty,” was born on August 12, 1923, to Ross John and Finitza Lucia Artese in Denver, Colorado. She was raised on the family farm and ranch in Fort Lupton, before her family moved to Cheyenne, WY in 1927. Early school years alternated between Cheyenne and Denver. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Cheyenne, in 1941, then attended Barne’s Business College in Denver. She worked as a stenographer and secretary for three years during WWII at Fort Francis E. Warren, Cheyenne, and a few additional years in several other government offices including the U.S. Army Department of Finance in San Francisco, the Bureau of Reclamation in Denver, IRS offices in Denver and Cheyenne; and Daniels & Fisher Department Store offices in Denver. She left her career to have children but went on later in life to work as a paraprofessional in the Denver Public Schools for 18 years before retiring in 1997. She served as a volunteer during local and national elections.
Betty met her future husband Don in 1938 at 15 years old through her cousin, Frank Alioto, who was one of Don’s best friends. Betty kept in close touch with Don throughout his service in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Elizabeth and Donald married at Saint Catherine of Siena Church on June 28, 1947, and were married for 56 years when Don passed away in 2003. They raised six children: Kevin, Thomas, Michael, Maureen, Brian, and Mary, all but one born in Denver between 1948 and 1964. Thomas was born in Cheyenne.
Betty was an accomplished soloist and a member of Saint Catherine’s Church choir for over 45 years. She was a professionally trained tap dancer, performing at USO shows during WWII, and much later with her dance team at various national venues including Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo, and events in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and St. Louis. She danced into her mid-90s, which was a delight to her family.
She loved watching variety, game shows and late-night talk shows; and playing cards, puzzles, and games. Betty loved to travel. She took many trips to Seattle to visit her children. She took two trips with her sister-in law Angela and brother Victor to Italy and Sicily to do genealogical research. Betty was a devout Catholic and prayed daily.
A rosary service will be held on Wednesday May 17, 2023, at 9:30 AM and the funeral mass at 10:00 AM, both at Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 4200 Federal Blvd, Denver. The Family will host a reception in the basement of the Church immediately after the services. A short interment will be held at 2:00 PM at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S Sheridan Blvd. Denver at Staging Area A.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Denver’s Project Angel Heart in Betty’s name.