Betty Jean Buckley |

Betty Jean Buckley

Betty Jean Buckley passed peacefully in Ogden Utah on January 22, 2015. Betty was born on October 24, 1923 in Salt Lake City Utah. Raised by her parents Harry and Marietta Buckley in Lone Tree Wyoming. Graduated from Ogden High School.

In 1943 started her career working for Hill Air Force Base where she was crowned Miss Hill Field. She worked for Paramount Pictures and was crowned Southland Ski Beauty Queen. Betty pursued her career in modeling for Obermeyer MFG. Co. where she was featured on the cover of several magazines.

Spirited, independent character, Betty moved to Aspen, Colorado in the mid 1960’s where she called home for the next 50 plus years. Initially Betty worked in various positions in the ski and service industry of the flourishing ski town. Betty was known for her outgoing, vivacious personality and was reputably the first female bartender hired at the historic Jerome Hotel. Always an avid reader, and interested in local environmental causes, Betty was at one point involved in a number of community committees. During the last number of years, Betty could be found socializing at the local Senior Center, always ready to listen and share a story.

Betty is preceded in death by parents, Harry and Marietta Buckley; her sisters, Barbara Gaye Lambson and Geraldine Kelly, and brother, Jack Buckley. She is survived by Carol Buckley, sister-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews, and dear friends, young and old, who will miss her spirit of life.

Betty’s family would like to extend a special thanks to her Aspen friends and neighbors for always watching over her.

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