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Betty (Pudvah) Shelley

July 24, 1930 ~ November 17, 2017

Betty (Pudvah) Shelley was born in New Hampshire, across the river from her home town of Wells River, Vermont. Born July 24, 1930, died November 17, 2017.

She went to the school of the Village of Wells River, graduating in the year 1948 with a class of seven. She never arrived at school until the bell rang. She then attended the Mary Hitchcock School of Nursing, graduating with her RN degree.

Betty came west with her sister, Dorene, for Colorado skiing and adventure. While practicing as a nurse in the recovery room at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, she met a young soldier from Fitzsimons Army Hospital who drove her with other girls to Winter Park skiing. Though she left him in a snow cloud, she reluctantly gave her name for contact upon returning home. They married on October 23, 1954 with a anniversary of 63 years October 23, 2017. Betty survived and enjoyed Tahoe summers and winters since June of 1955.

Betty was a dedicated homemaker, and when called upon, took any necessary job in the family business. Duties ranging from office work to working the greeting card section. She was a good sport figure with hiking, camping, and skiing both, alpine and nordic. Her real love became that of as an artist of oil paintings. Her landscapes have been enjoyed by many.

She was predeceased by parents Rolan and Mildred Pudvah; sisters, Dorene Howard and Priscilla Saarinen. She is survived by her spouse, Rudolph Shelley; daughter Kimberly (Shelley) Coffey; son Jay Shelley; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Her extended fight with cancer is over, but it is with great love and respect for Barton Hospice, Dr. Brooks and others.

Donations may be made in her name to Barton Hospice or Alzheimer's Disease Association.

Service to be held at a later date.