Betty Trexler was born on Oct. 12, 1920, in Lafayette, Ind., and passed away on Dec. 30, 2011. She attended Purdue University, where she was a member of the Phi Mu Sorority and where she met her husband, Bob Hall. They married in 1941 and shared their lives for more than 70 years.
Betty and Bob had two children, and the family moved to Wyoming, Ohio, in 1947. There, Betty was active in the Junior Women’s Club and participated in several bridge clubs, among other activities.
Also, it was there Betty discovered her love of gardening. An innate artist, Betty had a great talent for blending flower shapes and colors, as well as growing a large vegetable patch. Sewing and decorating their homes were other outlets for her artistic talents.
Betty and her husband loved traveling in the West and, in particular, Colorado. In 1978, they retired to Georgetown after having vacationed there for 15 years. Betty became interested in the history of the town and volunteered with Historic Georgetown, at first taking care of the Hamill House’s conservatory plants. At the same time, she made the most fabulous garden at their home on Biddle Street. Betty’s garden was featured in The Denver Post as a fine example of mountain gardening. Her garden was also part of Historic Georgetown’s House and Garden Tour for a number of years. When the historic group wanted to create a small park behind the Hamill House, it called on Betty’s expertise to assist with the selection of plants for the gardens. The park pavilion was dedicated to Betty to honor her contributions.
Betty leaves behind her husband, Bob; their son, David of El Paso, Texas; and their daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Richard Orr of LaQuinta, Calif.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Donations in Betty’s memory may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 912, Georgetown, CO 80444, or Historic Georgetown Inc., at P.O. Box 667, Georgetown, CO 80444.