Betty Folsom

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Betty Quinn Folsom, 86, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at Park Place Health Care Center in Great Falls, Mont.

She was born July 29, 1923, in Cape Girardeau, oldest daughter of Charles William and Daisy Quinn Simpson Bauerle.

After graduating from high school in Cape Girardeau, Betty completed a bachelor's degree in journalism at Missouri University in Columbia in 1944.

She met Arthur Russell Folsom Jr., an Army Air Corps cadet, at the university in 1943. They were married March 16, 1944.

While Arthur was in Europe during World War II, Betty completed two more bachelor degrees in education and English literature at Southeast Missouri State University.

After Arthur returned to the United States from the war they lived in Cape Girardeau, where their three children were born.

Betty taught English and journalism at Central High School until 1965, when the family moved to Carbondale, Ill., where she completed a master of arts degree in English at Southern Illinois University in 1968. She taught at the university several years, during which time their children graduated from the university or married.

She and Arthur moved to Kirkwood, Mo., in 1969, where she taught English at the local junior high school and then for 10 years at the senior high school. Arthur worked for Heathkit until their retirements.

Upon retirement she and Arthur moved to Brighton, Colo., where their daughter Laura and grandchildren Sonia and Mala were living.

After several years in Brighton they moved to Sun City West, Ariz., where they lived 15 years prior to moving to Great Falls in June 2006.

Betty and Art celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary prior to Art's death in March 2007.

Betty loved playing bridge and was a Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League.

Betty's love of reading and literature was passed on to her three children. Reading was her favorite pastime. She estimated that she had read over 10,000 books in her lifetime. She was fond of quoting Jorges Luis Borges, who said, "I have always imagined Paradise would be a kind of library."

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; her parents, Charles and Quinn Bauerle; and a sister, Ruth Ann Vanguilder.

Survivors include Linda Folsom Hatch (Jerry) of Great Falls, Laura Lynn Folsom of Brighton, Steven L. Folsom (Susan Schultz) of Overland Park, Kan.; four grandchildren, Mala Alvey and Sonia Riggs of Denver; Heather Folsom of Minneapolis, Matthew Folsom of St. Louis; and two great-grandsons, Aidan Riggs and Kellan Alvey of Denver.

A service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Cape Girardeau Public Library.