Juanita Maxine Bett

July 1, 1929July 8, 2019

Juanita Maxine Simonson Bett, 90, of Denver, passed away on July 8, 2019 at Porter Hospice Residences in Centennial. She was born on July 1, 1929 in Cherryvale, Kansas, the daughter of Robert Alonso Simonson and Margaret C. Price.

She graduated from Kingman High School, class of 1947. On September 3, 1949 in Omaha, Nebraska, Juanita married the love of her life, Robert Lawrence Bett. After her marriage, Juanita was dedicated to providing a loving home for her husband and son. She loved to cook, but she especially loved cooking for family gatherings. She also enjoyed avidly researching her family’s history and genealogy.

Juanita worked as an executive secretary in upper level management for Martin Marietta for 30 years. She was a devoted bible study participant, a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, and Colonial Dames for over 30 years, and had recently discovered her talent for watercolor painting and pastel drawing. She was a caring, loving, giving, kind, compassionate, empathetic, and bright individual who will be deeply missed.

Juanita is preceded in death by her husband, Robert (2010); sisters, Marie Bloesser (1994), Lavonne Swingle (1981), and Lucille Mueller (2010); brothers, Wilbur (1927) and Garland (2000). She is survived by her son, Robert Scott Bett; daughter in law, Wendy Wheaton; granddaughters, Jessica (Roman) Brunecky, and Diana Bett; great-grandson, Jinun Brunecky, all of Arvada, Colorado.

A Celebration of Juanita’s life will be held on Thursday, July 17th at 3:00PM at Porter Place in the Chapel, 1001 E. Yale Ave., Denver, CO 80210.

Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be shared at


  • Robert Alonso and Margaret C. (Price) Simonson, Parents
  • Robert Lawrence Bett, Husband
  • Marie Bloesser, Sister
  • Lavonne Swingle, Sister
  • Lucille Mueller, Sister
  • Wilbur Simonson, Brother
  • Garland Simonson, Brother
  • Robert Scott Bett, Son
  • Wendy Wheaton, Daughter-in-law
  • Jessica (Roman) Brunecky, Granddaughter
  • Diana Bett, Granddaughter
  • Jinun Brunecky, Great Grandson


17 July

Celebration of Life

3:00 pm

Porter Place


1001 E Yale Ave
Denver, CO 80210


Juanita Maxine Bett

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Dena Uhrlaub-Miller

July 13, 2019

I’ve known Juanita since I was a small girl on Sherman Street. She was always there to braid or fix my hair. My friend and her next door neighbor Jean always got cookies from Juanita. I loved visiting with her and Bob after they moved to Porter Place. . I will miss my Sherman Street lady. Many prayers for her family. I will always love her. Dena