Betty Gale Hogan
1921 - 2020
After a long, fulfilling life of 98 years, Betty Gale Hogan passed away on June, 18, 2020. She was born on November 22, 1921 in Ridgeway, Colorado. She married the love of her life, Gerald Hogan, on December 2, 1944. Together they had five children and she continued raising them with love and dedication after his death in 1961. Skiing became a happy past time to bring the family together after this loss. She sometimes said, "Skiers never die, they just go downhill."

She was famous for her wonderful cooking, especially her bread, coffeecakes, and holypokes which she generously shared with her many friends and family. She was an expert bridge player and enjoyed playing with many friends over the years.

Her family includes two daughters, Carol Hauth (Chris), Mary El Emrich (Scott) and three sons, Jim Hogan, Greg Hogan (Sue) and Brian Hogan (Jody) as well as eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren all of whom loved her very much. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry, and her grandson Tony Hauth.

She often said, 'Onward thru the fog,' 'Whatever,' and 'Everything will be fine!' One final thought she left us with: "...grieve not, nor speak of me with tears but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved you so...'twas Heaven here with you."

A celebration of her life will take place at a later date.

Donations in her memory can be made to St. Jude Hospital or the American
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Published by The Durango Herald on Jun. 20, 2020.
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Jimmy, Greg, Carol, Mary El, and Brian,
Your mom has been a big part of my life from the day I was born (one day after Mary El), and your mom and my mom roomed together and played bridge the five or so days they had to stay in the hospital at that time. I always loved listening to your mom, my mom, and Noni laughing and talking in the kitchen or while they were all playing bridge. I have told so many people how I loved Fridays when Mary El and I were in grade school, because we would go to your house and Betty Gale had made holy pokes!!!! I can smell them now. She also made her famous mints for my wedding.
When I would come to Durango over the years, I would touch base with Betty Gale and many times we would get together for lunch or dinner. My husband, David, met her one of the times we were there. We went to the Diamond Bell for lunch and laughed and had just a great time with her. David loved her. One other more recent time, we went to dinner with her, Mary El, and Scott and we found they had a table reserved for us on the second floor of the restaurant. I suggested we should get a table on the first floor, but Betty Gale refused and charged up the stairs.
I could keep going, but David and I want you all to know that we are keeping you in our hearts and prayers. She lived a full, beautiful life. Love to you all. Pam Fisher Thomas and David Thomas
Pam Thomas
June 24, 2020
Greg she was bright fun lady
Comfort to you all
Linda WinbournSanchez
Linda Winbourn-Sanchez
June 23, 2020
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