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The community of Colton said goodbye to Betty Fischer last week at memorial service

The community said goodbye to Betty Fischer at her memorial service in Estacada Catholic Church on Jan. 10. Betty, who was born in Colton on March 27, 1931, passed away Jan. 2, 2019.

I first knew Betty as the grandmother of students in my children's classes and mother or aunt/cousin of friends. One of her granddaughters once said she couldn't date anyone in Colton because she was somehow related to almost everyone.

But the day I got to know Betty was at the Baccalaureate service for the class of 1994. I had volunteered to help serve at the reception for the graduating class, so there I was wandering into Colton Lutheran Church looking for a pew seat. Betty tapped the empty space beside her and said something witty. I went witty right back at her and I don't remember the service. I am sure all the students were well behaved. It was that third row from the back, on the right-hand side, that kept acting up. I learned that day just how smart and fun Betty was. After that evening whenever we had meet-ups, we might have started the conversation asking about family but it didn't last long before her eyes would twinkle and the laughter began.

Rest in Peace, Betty. We were all so blessed to have met you in this life in our wonderful part of the world.

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