Elizabeth Lucille "Betty Lou" Marino

December 23rd, 1926April 10th, 2017

Elizabeth "Betty" Marino passed away, peacefully, at her home in Lafayette, Colorado on April 10 2017.

Betty Lou Ross was born on December 13, 1926 to Peter P. Ross and Eleanora Beranek Ross in Lafayette, Colorado at the home of her grandparents, Joseph and Elizabeth Beranek. At her baptism in the Catholic Faith, her name was changed to Elizabeth Lucille, as Betty Lou was not considered a saint's name. 

Betty grew up in the Little Italy neighborhood of Louisville where her grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and close friends also lived. She always spoke fondly of the closeness of that small neighborhood, even during the trying times of the Great Depression. She attended St. Louis Catholic School in Louisville, grades 1-8. She graduated from Louisville High School in 1945 and was forever proud to have been a Louisville Pirate. Although she lived in Lafayette for 66 years, she said that a little piece of Louisville was always in her heart. 

During WWII, Betty worked with other Louisville women, including her mother, at the Denver Ordinance Plant (Federal Center) and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. She also worked at various jobs at restaurants, sorority houses and The Sink on the Hill in Boulder.

In 1948, Betty married the love of her life, Carl Ernest "Ernie" Marino of Lafayette. They settled in Lafayette and raised three children. They were married 52 years before Ernie passed away in 2001. The role of home maker and mother were of utmost importance to Betty and she was always happy that her children, grand-children and great-grandchildren remained in the Lafayette-Louisville area and spent much time with her.

She was a devoted community member, volunteering for organizations such as Meals on Wheels and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Betty was a life-long member of Walter Rhodes Post 1771 Legion Auxiliary of Louisville, Colorado and Mile High Post 1771 Auxiliary in Lafayette, Colorado.  She was a Post 1771 Auxiliary President and later formed the Past President's Club, of which she was their long time president. Through her work with the VFW, she volunteered at the VA hospital and chaired numerous committees that bettered the lives of veterans, children and the Lafayette community.

Betty and Ernie loved camping and spent many weekends and summer vacations camping first by tent, then camper trailer, often with family and friends.  For many years, they wintered in Mesa, Arizona, taking their trailer along with them as their home away from home.  She loved to travel, whether in Colorado or further abroad.  She and Ernie travelled to England and France in 1975 with the Second Air Division of the WWII Army Air Forces and were members of the Second Air Division and Heritage League, attending many national conventions of the organization across the country.  They treasured the many friends they met through the organization and the new places they visited.

Betty's interests included embroidery, quilting and much socializing with friends. When the first bowling alley opened in Lafayette, she enthusiastically joined a bowling league. Betty, her aunts and cousins also met weekly for cards, lunch and socializing.   She was an excellent cook and especially enjoyed preparing for the holidays.

Betty's husband Ernie, parents Peter and Ellanora and brother Donald Ross preceded her in death.  She is survived by son Ernest (Randa) Marino of Lafayette, daughters Diane Marino of Louisville and  Laurel Simmons (David) of Lafayette, grandchildren Lyn Marino, Angela Marino, Julie Simmons, Joseph Simmons, Elizabeth Simmons and great grandchildren, McKenna Rizzi, Brayden Rizzi, Analyssa Marino and Dante Marino.  One aunt, many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends also survive her. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 1771 Auxiliary in care of Lynette Sipes, 600 S. Harrison Ave., Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation and The Louisville Historical Museum, 749 Main St., Louisville, Co.

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A funeral mass will be held at Betty's parish church, Immaculate Conception, 715 Cabrini Drive, Lafayette, Colorado on Monday, April 17, 2017.  The rosary will be said at 9:00 a.m. followed by mass at 10:00 a.m. and interment at Lafayette Cemetery.   A reception will follow at Nucci Hall at Immaculate Conception Church.








Dear Family, We are so very sorry for the loss of your Mother. We will see you on Monday