Betty Jo Torrez

April 3, 1933April 4, 2021

Betty Torrez, 88, of Greeley died on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at Fair Acres Manor in Greeley. She was born on April 3, 1933 at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the daughter of Walter and Elsie (Cooper) Millsap. She was raised and educated in the Greeley and Gilcrest areas, graduating from Gilcrest High School in 1951. She worked at the Greeley Tribune for 20 + years. It was at this job she met Manuel Torrez, whom she married and they enjoyed 40 years together. She worked for the Weld County DMV until her health forced her to retire after 10 years. Betty enjoyed reading and quilting, making countless numbers of quilts. She loved traveling and cruising as well as her many dogs through life: Raven, Orbit, Candy, Chica and so many more.

Betty will be missed by her son, Ken Sterling and his wife Ann; grandchildren: Weston Sterling and Tomi Guevara and very special friends: Denise Salas Alvarez, Graciela Alvarez and Gissela Rodriguez. She is preceded in death by her husband Manuel “Toro” Torrez; parents; brothers: Dan Foster, Clay Cooper and Sam Cooper. She is also survived by her beloved dog Gizmo, who travels the U.S. with Ken and Ann.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, 2021 followed by funeral services at 2:00 p.m., both at Stoddard Funeral Home in Greeley. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials in Betty's name are suggested to benefit the Weld County Humane Society.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021


  • Interment

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021


Betty Jo Torrez

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Jody Parkos

April 5, 2021

I was luck to meet Torro and Betty in 1997 as Betty Jo's speech therapist. I have never met kinder or loving people. Through everything they were a devoted team. When my daughter Hannah was born in 2000, I took her over to meet them. Betty Jo was thrilled beyond belief to hold her! Over the years they also got to meet my twins, which was even more fun! It was important to me that my children experience the love that they gave so freely. I will miss my Christmas card and updates...but am SO thankful for the blessings they gave to me and my family. Sending love to you all. ❤