Betty Gwynn celebrated her 100th birthday with her family on December 26, 2021.
Betty was born in Fremont, Neb., And her parents moved the family to Wyoming when she was 4 years old.
After graduating from high school in Thermopolis, Wyo., Betty attended Beth-El Nursing College in Colorado Springs from 1940 to 1943. She joined the US Army Nurse Corp in 1943.
In April 1944, she was stationed in England in a field hospital created to treat the wounded of D-Day.
Betty remembers sitting on the steps of cabin # 124 where they lived and watching the planes, each pulling a glider, pass through the treetops on D-Day. The nurses didn’t know what was going on. , with the exception of short press releases posted on their bulletin boards.
After Victory Day, Betty was sent to Paris to vaccinate troops sent to war in the Pacific. During her stay, she had the opportunity to visit France and the highlights for her were seeing the Folies Bergère, the Côte d’Azur and Notre-Dame.
Betty rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant and passed her husband Norton, who stood at attention and greeted her every morning.
High school sweetheart Nort and Betty married on May 6, 1946. They had been married for 71 years.
Norton would have a career in the Navy until he contracted tuberculosis. After his release, he attended pharmacy school at CU. Betty looked after their children and worked as a nurse in hospitals in Denver and Boulder.
After graduating in 1954, Norton, Betty and their children moved to Salida where he worked for Salida Drug and Betty worked at the hospital.
Nort was recruited by the editor of BV newspaper to take over the Buena Vista pharmacy. In 1958, Betty and Nort moved their family to Buena Vista and established the Gwynn Pharmacy on Main Street. Betty was keeping the books and helping Norton around the store.
The rest of their lives they lived in Buena Vista.
Betty continued her nursing career, working for the Columbine Nursing Home and the Leadville Hospital. She also worked in the BV high school library and one year drove a school bus.
Betty is owned by Eastern Star, the Gas Creek Home Demonstration Club, and the Monarch Quilt Club. She has been a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ since moving to Buena Vista.
She remembers the church then being in the small brick building behind Bev’s Stitchery.
She has four children, Steve, Nancy, Ken and David, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Betty still lives in her home in Buena Vista with her son Ken and Judy, his wife.