Betty Jean Gjerde

April 12, 1928March 30, 2018

Betty Jean Bevens (Hatfield) Gjerde, age 89, went to join our Lord in heaven on March 30, 2018, in Colorado Springs, CO. Betty was born to the late Maxson I. and Marystarr Bevens on April 12, 1928, in Minneapolis, MN. She was a 1944 graduate of Central High School, and graduated from Austin College in Sherman, TX. She was a teacher for many years, having spent most of her career teaching English and sponsoring Pepperettes, cheerleaders, and majorettes at South High School, for which she was honored by the Pueblo Public School District 60 School Board. She loved and cherished her career. Betty was predeceased by her parents; her sisters, Virginia (Mart) Tonner and Margaret (Ivan) Swanson; and her beloved husband, Norman Gjerde. She is survived by her children, Rick (Sue) Hatfield, Ron Hatfield, and Cheryl Stauffer; grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn, Emily (Zac) Taylor, Michelle Stauffer, and Jessica Stauffer; two great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other extended family. A Memorial Service will be 11 a.m., April 12, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church, 220 W. Court St. (10th St. and Court), on Betty’s 90th birthday. On line condolences may be offered at


  • Memorial Service Thursday, April 12, 2018

Betty Jean Gjerde

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Mark Hackler

April 15, 2018

I am saddened by her death. I was her student at South High School between 1974 and 1975. I took creative writing (independent study) and other courses from her. She introduced me to the Romantic poets, especially Byron, and showed me the relationship between music and literature (Byron's poem "Manfred" and Tchaikovsky's symphony of the same name). Under her guidance, I wrote a one-act play (called "External Tinkering"), loosely based on Ibsen, which was performed at the school. I studied English at university because of her influence, and I become a writer and instructional designer in part due to her example. I hope I've passed her love of literature on to my children. Thank you, Mrs. Hatfield (Gjerde), for a life well-lived.

Rhonda Bridgman

April 11, 2018

Dear Cheryl, Rick, and Gene, and families,
So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. In so many ways she was like a mom to so many of us that she sponsored and taught at South High School. She was a very special lady and I learned so much from her both in the classroom and in Pepperettes. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, and I will always remember Mrs. Hatfield with a special love and respect.
With my sincere sympathy,

Rhonda Gettel Bridgman