CURRAN, Betty A. (Hotchkiss)

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Our Mother and G-Mom, Betty Ann Curran, left this Earth on June 3, 2012, much to our grief and sadness, at the age of 86. Betty had a long and interesting life, beginning in Duncan, Okla., where she was born on March 27, 1926, to Harry and Sophie Hotchkiss.

She graduated from Duncan High School in 1946, and spoke fondly of her time there playing the clarinet in the marching band. Following high school, she continued her education at Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Okla., taking secretarial classes and for fun, horseback riding.

Photos from these days show Betty beautiful, smiling, and loving life. She met and married Ernest William Curran, the love of her life, in Duncan, Okla., in November of 1950.

Betty spent much of her life as a mother to three daughters, Elizabeth Su, Keenan June and Beverly Ann, who were each born in different states. She was an excellent cook and took great pride in her home and yard.

She enjoyed many years working as an executive secretary for Halliburton, Northeast Louisiana University, and then spent seasons traveling with Bill and working in the field of oil and gas exploration in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.

Duplicate bridge was a lifelong passion; she enjoyed many weekly games and traveled out of state to play in tournaments. She loved and appreciated nature’s beauty, and took great pleasure in being outside and traveling to new places.

Teton National Park, Denali National Park and Stonehenge were some of her favorites. She was kind to her neighbors and could often be found helping them out in many different ways.

She was a grandmother to seven, and great-grandmother to six. Betty is survived by her husband of 61 years, Bill Curran; daughters Keenan June McGuire, Beverly Coburn; son-in-law David Coburn, who she loved as a son; and her sister, Sylvia Fargo, of Las Vegas, Nev.

In addition, grandchildren Lauren and Eric Hochheim, Myles, Morgan, and Brian McGuire, and William and Henry Coburn, as well as five great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her older sister Berniece Heizman; her eldest daughter, Elizabeth Susu Hochheim; and her youngest great-grandson, Liam McGuire. We will all so much miss her independent spirit and lovely presence.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the love and excellent care shown to Betty by Internal Medicine Group, Valley Manor Care Center, and Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.

We are grateful to each of you who loved and cared for her. No services are planned at this time.