Elizabeth Aronsson "Betsy" Parker

May 13th, 1952February 26th, 2019

Elizabeth Aronsson “Betsy” Parker, 66, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 surrounded by her devoted family after a brave and inspiring three-year battle with cancer. Betsy was the cherished wife of Steve Parker, Broomfield, Colorado; adored mother of daughter Kelsey Bradfield and son-in-law Jordan Bradfield of Whispering Pines, North Carolina; daughter Jamie Parker of Denver, Colorado; and loving “Grammy” of Cohen and Layne Bradfield.

Born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on May 13, 1952, Betsy was the treasured first child of Joyce Stoddard Aronson of The Woodlands, Texas, and the late Col. Richard William “Dick” Aronson; beloved older sister to Ann Halverson (and husband, Bob) also of The Woodlands; Catherine Master of Bethesda, Maryland; and Richard William Aronsson, Jr. (and wife, Marije) of Manasquan, New Jersey; daughter-in-law of Connie Parker of Bentonville, Arkansas and the late Dr. Robert Parker; sister-in-law of Lisa Schatzman (and husband, Mark) of Bentonville, Arkansas; Brad Parker (and wife, Marsha) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Brett Parker of Bentonville, Arkansas. She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews who all enjoyed her sense of adventure and admired her spirit.

As the daughter of a career Army officer, Betsy grew up moving frequently, including stints in France, Hawaii and Maine, before graduating from Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg, Virginia and Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. After college she continued to travel as a flight attendant before working in Tallahassee at a juvenile halfway house for boys. She then received a Master’s degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and later an MBA with a focus on Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked as an Information Systems Analyst at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 26 years and retired in 2015. After her retirement, she and Steve moved to Broomfield, Colorado where she had always dreamed of living.

Betsy had a wonderful laugh, smile and warm personality. She was a light to everyone she met and was adored by many. She had a lifelong love of dogs, horses and the outdoors. She especially loved the mountains, so being near the Colorado mountains fulfilled her lifelong dream. Even after her cancer diagnosis, she and Steve continued hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and even successfully climbed a 13er in the Colorado Rockies.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank the medical team and staff at the UC Health Cancer Center for their compassionate and professional care.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation in Betsy’s memory, please consider the Lung Cancer Colorado Fund at UCHealth online at https://uch.thankyou4caring.org/lungcancercolorado. If sending a check, please make it payable to the Lung Cancer Colorado Fund with “UCH Foundation” on the memo line and mail to: University of Colorado Hospital Foundation 2400 S. Peoria St. Suite 100 Aurora, CO 80014


A Celebration of Betsy's Life will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 10:00 A.M., at Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, Colorado.






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Thank you Betsy. For sharing your love, wisdom and spirit with us. For bringing us all together again in Colorado to just be. To be present, to be happy, to be together. Your love for your family has been endless. We are so lucky to have such cherished memories with you. Until we meet again. <3
My heartfelt and deepest sympathy to Steve, the girls, and all of Betsy’s family. She was indeed a very special lady. Sharon Moyer
Steve, I am so sorry to learn of Betsy’s passing. Your mom was always so proud of Betsy, you and your kids. May you find some comfort in knowing many share in your sorrow. God bless you. Reuben Gutierrez (Across the street neighbor of your folks in Albuquerque)
My deepest sympathy to the Parker family. She was truly a joy, and she made Sandia a better place. She always eagerly embraced her projects with HIGH energy and passion; she was the ultra professional. I am grateful to have been a friend and colleague. I will never forget that she organized a group of prayer warriors and held a prayer session for my surgery - during the workday! Angela Campos
Steve, my old friend, my wife and are sorry for your and your family's loss. We hope your memories will help you at this time and, of course, your children and grandchildren forever will help with the future. Take care and remember that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your old friend, Lindsey McMurray and wife Sandy.
We send our deepest sympathy to Betsy's family. She was a dear friend and a wonderful colleague. Sandia was a much better place because of her wisdom, humor, teamwork, and expertise -- a "cat-herder" extraordinaire! I will miss her cheerful spirit, she was such an inspiration. Rene and Neal Bierbaum
Steve, Kelsey, and Jaime - We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Betsy was a wonderful person and will be missed. We had been praying for Betsy for the past years. We will keep you in our prayers during this time. Ed and Geri Saucier
My condolences to Betsy's family. I was fortunate to work with Betsy on a few projects here at Sandia and at one point she acted as a mentor to me. I will always remember her kind spirit and fun loving personality.
Steve, my heartfelt sympathy and love reach out to you and your family at this difficult time...keeping you in my prayers. Joanne Dalton
Betsy - What a privilege and a pleasure to know you! You were an inspiration to me in grad school when we were two crazy people with non-IT backgrounds, trying to become IT professionals! You also told me about Sandia National Laboratories, where you continued to be an inspiration to me after I came to work there. And now you have inspired me with your courage in facing the biggest challenge of all. I so look forward to seeing you in Heaven! Love you! Norma Lauben
Steve & Family, we are so sorry for your loss. After reading the Condolences it is clear what a great lady Becky was. We pray for God's comfort for you and your family during this time. Steve and Brenda Bauck
My condolences to everyone in Betsy's family. She touched my heart so deeply years ago because she offered to donate some of her vacation to me when my parents passed away within months of each other. Some technicality prevented her from actually donating, but her kindness left me with a lasting impression of her great capacity of compassion for a fellow human being. Despite the stress that we sometimes endured working at Sandia, she always had a uplifting and cheerful disposition to brighten up the workplace. Eden Eager
Betsy was such a kind, cheerful person who had so much to offer those who knew her. She certainly fought the battle. Betsy thought the "glass was half full". May she rest in peace and may the wonderful memories of her sustain her family. Lee Stringer
Steve, Kelsey and Jamie, So sorry to hear about Betsy. She was a wonderful friend and co-worker. She was such a joyful person, bringing laughter to every situation. I will miss her dearly and will keep you all in my prayers. Priscilla Altsisi
Dear Steve, Jamie, Kelsey and family, You are so in our hearts and prayers! Your entire family has been such a special part of our lives for so many years. We are with you in grief for the earthly loss of this wonderful lady...and are so very thankful that we share the belief in our Lord which promises a glorious reunion! With love, Dan and Karen Gillings
Dear Steve and the rest of Betsy’s family, I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful woman. I got to know Etsy these past two years and quickly learned to tresure our time together. She was an inspiration to me as she bravely, graciously, and with a positive outlook faced each day’s battle. Her prayers for my niece mean so much to me. I will miss her. You are in my prayers. Barbara Ferris
So many treasured memories of Betsy, from the fun we had at work, even (and maybe especially) during difficult projects, to her visits with Jaime and Kelsey to see the horses. She’s someone I always greatly admired and respected, and her loss is deeply felt. Most heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. LaDonna Jarrell