Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Paisley Bangs died on April 2, 2020
at Frasier Health Care in Boulder, CO at the age of 101. Betty was
born in Marion, IL on July 17, 1918. She was the daughter of
Oldham Paisley and Annetta Nourse Paisley. She was the oldest of
three Paisley children, Annette (Anne) Porteous of Carmel, IN and
Joseph (Bill) William, now deceased, of Houston, TX
Betty attended schools in Marion and in Washington, DC. She
graduated from William Woods College in Fulton, MO and
received her BA from the University of Iowa where she was a
member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She received her MA from
Betty taught speech and directed plays at Carmi, IL high school
and was a speech therapist for White County, IL, where Carmi is
located. It was in Carmi where she met her husband-to-be,
F. Kendrick (Ken) Bangs. They were married at Betty’s home in
Marion, Illinois in 1941. Betty and Ken were married for 67 years,
until Ken passed away in November of 2011 at Frasier Meadows
Retirement Community where they had lived for many years.
During World War II, while her husband was in Europe and her
father was serving in the South Pacific, Betty continued to teach in
Carmi, IL and at Francis Shimer College in Illinois.
When World War II ended and upon Ken’s return from Europe,
Betty and Ken moved to Boulder where Ken joined the CU School
of Business faculty, and Betty became an instructor in the Speech
and Hearing Department at CU. While Ken was studying for his
doctorate at the University of Indiana, Betty taught in the “English
for Foreign Students” program there. Betty and Ken returned to
Boulder and CU where they have made their home ever since.
Betty and Ken raised two sons, John Kendrick, of Columbia, MO,
and James (Jim) Paisley of Bozeman, MT.
Betty enjoyed being an active community member. She belonged
to the Fortnightly Club, Current Events, Common Readers, and
The First Presbyterian Church. She was a frequent room mother in
the schools her sons attended and a Boy Scout den mother. Betty
served on the Boulder Public Library Commission, the Boulder
Day Nursery Board, Boulder Community Hospital Auxiliary,
Presbyterian Board of Deacons, as an advisor for CU wives of new
faculty members, and as the Social Coordinator for the CU
Following Ken’s retirement from the CU faculty, Betty and Ken
enjoyed visiting professor assignments at several universities
across the country, and visiting with family and friends both in the
United States and Europe.
Betty is survived by her son, John, her son Jim and his wife,
Debby, granddaughter Ashley Bangs Avila, her husband Francisco,
and their daughter Madelynn, granddaughter Amy Bangs, grandson
Tyler Bangs and his wife Angela, sister Anne Porteous, niece,
Nancy Porteous Johnson and her husband, Brian of Boulder,
sister-in law, Joan Paisley, and several nieces and nephews. Betty
was preceded in death by her husband, Ken, daughter-in-law
Vickie Bangs, brother Bill Paisley, and brother-in-law Al Porteous.
A service for Betty will be held at a later date.
Memorial gifts to Boulder Community Health Foundation or
Agape Care Community in Aurora would be appreciated.