Jean Harris Betts was born on November 2,1955 in Denver, Colorado to Dayton and Margaret Harris, she was their third born child. Jean, along with her siblings Robert, Georgia and Trudy were raised in Commerce City, where she attended DuPont Elementary, Kearney Jr. High, and graduated from Adams City High in 1973. Throughout her school years Jeannie made many life long friends whom she loved dearly and talked about often.
She married Russ Betts in 1979, and they had one son together, Mark Betts who they raised in Westminster, Colorado. Mark was Jean's only biological child and he was her pride and joy. Jean had three step children, Lori, Bob and Julie who she helped raise. She was very close to the youngest of the three, Julie, and had a special relationship with her and her mother Candace Betts Tannehill. Because of this special friendship they would spend every Christmas Eve together as one big family.
For 14 years Jean was the office manager at Vantage Point which is an alternative high school for at risk youths. Jean loved that job and truly cared for her students who often referred to her as mom because of the love and care she showed them daily.
Some of Jeannie' s hobbies and things she loved were animals, riding horses, motorcycle rides with Russ, summers camping and jet boating with friends and family particularly at Guernsey; where many memories were made. Jeannie loved spending her time with family and close friends, but that love could only be rivaled by George Strait, especially when going to his concerts. She truly loved him and really enjoyed watching him, and listening to his music.
In 2007 Jean's husband Russ was diagnosed with cancer on Christmas Eve, and unfortunately lost his battle in April 2008. This was a very difficult time for Jeannie, and was unfortunately the beginning of a decline due to a number of different health issues. If you know Jeannie, then you know how stubborn she could be. Because of these personality traits she would seemingly argue a point she disagreed with just to argue, or at least that is what Russ thought after almost 30 years of marriage. This remained true until the end for Jean, even when it came to medical advice, Jean was going to live and do what she wanted to do, regardless of others opinions.
On April 14, 2017Jean passed away peacefully in the care of hospice surrounded by family and close friends.
Jean is preceeded in death by her late husband Russ Betts, her father Dayton Harris, step father Virgil Richards, nephew Rob Harris, her stubborn 24 year old ally cat, Crash, who she loved tremendously, and furry grandchild Maisie May. She is survived by her mother Margaret Richards; only son Mark Betts (Chandra Quillen, furry grandbabies Jackson, Sully, Bam Bam and Little Girl), Stepdaughter Julie Betts, granddaughter Mollie Aguilar, Shayde Jenkins and Great Grandson Nick, Brother Robert Harris, Sisters Georgia Tozer and Trudy Trout. Harris. Nephews and Nieces; Travis Harris, Jenny Tozer, Terry Tozer-Cruickshank, Ryan Trout, Kyle Trout, and their families that made Jean a great and great-great aunt.