Jimmy, Greg, Carol, Mary El, and Brian,
Your mom has been a big part of my life from the day I was born (one day after Mary El), and your mom and my mom roomed together and played bridge the five or so days they had to stay in the hospital at that time. I always loved listening to your mom, my mom, and Noni laughing and talking in the kitchen or while they were all playing bridge. I have told so many people how I loved Fridays when Mary El and I were in grade school, because we would go to your house and Betty Gale had made holy pokes!!!! I can smell them now. She also made her famous mints for my wedding.
When I would come to Durango over the years, I would touch base with Betty Gale and many times we would get together for lunch or dinner. My husband, David, met her one of the times we were there. We went to the Diamond Bell for lunch and laughed and had just a great time with her. David loved her. One other more recent time, we went to dinner with her, Mary El, and Scott and we found they had a table reserved for us on the second floor of the restaurant. I suggested we should get a table on the first floor, but Betty Gale refused and charged up the stairs.
I could keep going, but David and I want you all to know that we are keeping you in our hearts and prayers. She lived a full, beautiful life. Love to you all. Pam Fisher Thomas and David Thomas