Betty Jean Dalton

16 June, 192920 November, 2020

Betty Dalton Obituary

On November 20th, 2020 Betty Jean Dalton went home to be with her Lord. After 91 years here on earth, she exchanged her COVID-weakened body for one with no disease or pain.

Betty was born on June 16, 1929 at her home in Old Hickory, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Lester and Grace Simmons. She moved around as a child and ended up relocating to Denver at the age of 12 when her dad came to work at Rocky Flats.

Betty attended North High School, in Denver and met her husband Frank Dalton during her high school years. They were married on February 3, 1950. They were madly in love and were married 64 years until Frank's passing. Frank and Betty had two daughters, Sherry and Sandy. They raised their girls in Arvada, moving to Broomfield after the girls were out of the house. Frank and Betty loved to fish and play golf. In Broomfield, Frank and Betty were involved in Greenway Park Golf Course and Club House, where Betty was affectionately known as “The Sheriff of Greenway Park”. Betty lived the last six years at Covenant Village in Westminster, where she developed many new friends. Even to those she didn’t know, she was known as the well-dressed lady with the red hair. For the last two years at Covenant, Betty was a shining light in the Memory Care wing. She always had a smile, a “How are you, Honey?” and always an encouraging word for her fellow residents.

One of Betty’s passions was teaching elementary age kids about Jesus. For 50+ years she poured herself into kids through weekly Good News Clubs (part of Child Evangelism Fellowship). A countless number of children came to know Jesus because of Betty.

Betty is survived by her daughter Sherry Helmer (David), five grandchildren, Krista McBain (Travis), Kayla Smiley (Kevin), Ryan Helmer (Stephanie), Rachel D’Ardenne (Ben) and Regan Helmer, along with eight great-grandchildren, Ashlyn McBain, Emma McBain, Natalie Helmer, Dawson Helmer, Julia D’Ardenne, Jackson D’Ardenne, Clara D’Ardenne and Emberlynn Wessel. She is preceded in death by her husband Frank, her daughter Sandy Kidwell (George) and her brother Jack Simmons (Ethel).

There will be a private graveside service for Betty in mid-December. Due to COVID restrictions, please contact the family and let them know if you are planning to attend.

A memorial service will be held at Tri-Cities Baptist Church, after the first of the year (COVID dependent).


In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), since that was Betty’s passion. Their address is: Child Evangelism Fellowship – CEF 5130 West 80th Avenue, Suite A101 Westminster, CO 80030


  • Ryan Helmer
  • Regan Helmer
  • Travis McBain
  • Ben D'Ardenne
  • Natalie Helmer
  • Emberlynn Wessel


  • Visitation

    Saturday, 12 December , 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, 12 December , 2020


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Beverly Wheeler

December 19, 2020


Betty was a gem!
She inspired many people with her love and caring!

She accepted Jesus as her Savior early in life and followed Him, living her life according to His principles and values.
I met Betty some 75 years ago and it was most apparent that Jesus was preeminent In her life. She shared her faith with everyone she met. And for more than 50 years, she shared the Gospel with children through weekly “Good News” Clubs and activities, rejoicing when a child accepted Jesus as his or her personal Savior. She encouraged and helped me to share the Gospel with a group of children and mothers in my area of the mountains. My family and I value our ties to Betty and Frank, Sherry and Sandy and their extended families. I know that Betty is proud of each of them and thankful for the Lord's blessings.
Betty brought me a dimension of life that was exceptional. We had such fun together as teenagers …as young marrieds …as parents …and as seniors. It was such fun camping, fishing, ice skating, traveling, enjoying celebrations, conversations and get-togethers. We also faced problems and sorrows, but we were there to love and understand, to comfort and console each other. Thank you Lord for putting Betty and me together for our walk through life. We have enjoyed a blessed, joyful and enduring friendship and have loved and relied on each other through the years.
I’m missing you Betts — my BFF! And I look forward to when we meet again to talk …and praise Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
With love …..Bev

Jessica Branaugh

December 11, 2020

My heart is forever changed because of Betty’s presence and love in my life. ❤️

Maria Dinezza

December 11, 2020

I was one of Betty's nurses for the past few years at Covenant Living. It was truly a blessing knowing and caring for her. It was so special Betty knew exactly who I was, loved seeing photos of my little son- we shared several special memories together! Loved coloring her hair red every few weeks as the beauty shop was closed due to COVID. It was truly a blessing caring for her! She'll always be in my heart and prayers!

Mitze Lumpkin

December 6, 2020

Betty was such a sweet, wonderful friend to our family, especially my parents Richard and janice Rypma. My mom will be happy to greet her in heaven. We spent many special times with Frank and Betty, from house boating on Lake Mead, to golfing different courses, and spending time and playing games at the cabin. Her infectious smile and outgoing personality will be missed by many, but so happy she’s reunited with frank and Sandy and eternally in the presence of her savior now! Our prayers and blessings to her family.

Melanie Buchanan

December 2, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Betty, as was my mom, Almeta Buchanan. What a wonderful friendship Betty, Frank, and my parents had! Such treasured memories for my mom.

Stephanie Wessel

November 26, 2020

Emberlynn called to talk to Gigi just a few weeks ago after Regan had mentioned that Gigi missed talking to people and he said it might be nice to give her a call. So Emberlynn hopped up in the chair and settled herself in for a nice little chat. They talked to each for awhile; about school, playing, and how nice it was to talk to each other. The sweetness in their voices seemed like two little angels catching up on the day’s activities. So gracious was Gigi for the conversation with Emberlynn, she kept saying, “Thank You, honey for calling me.” This was such a blessing for everyone that day.
Thank you, Jesus, for gifting Gigi to us all. Her smile, graciousness, and love will be missed by us here, but You have embraced her and Heaven is filled with her beautiful spirit.