Betty L. Erickson, 82, formerly of Steamboat Springs, died July 28, 2009, in Fort Collins. She was born Elizabeth Louise Larson on July 9, 1927, in Lewistown, Mont., the only child of Elmer and Beryl Larson. Betty moved to Fort Cobb, Okla., the hometown of her parents, when she was 9 years old. She graduated from Chickasha High School in 1945 and attended Oklahoma State University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in interior architecture in 1949 and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
Betty met Everett "Eric" Erickson on the campus of OSU. They were married Sept. 5, 1949, in Stillwater, Okla., and then settled in Ponca City, Okla., where their sons Michael and Jon were born. The Ericksons were employed by Continental Oil Co. (Conoco), Betty as a draftsperson in the electronics lab and Eric as a geophysicist.
They were founding members of St. Paul's Methodist Church. By 1963, Betty had earned her American Society of Interior Designers credential and opened Erickson Interiors from their home.
In 1969, the Ericksons followed their love for the mountains and moved to Steamboat Springs. They settled in Strawberry Park, where Eric built his custom woodworking shop and a design studio for Betty.
In 1973, they opened Ericksons at 729 Oak St., a home furnishings and interior design store. People from across the world made a point to stop by the store while visiting Steamboat. Many homes and businesses in the Yampa Valley were beautifully decorated with Betty's keen eye for texture and color, and Eric's artfully handcrafted wood furnishings.
After Eric's death in 1996, Betty continued to enjoy their Strawberry Park property, gardening and her faithful collie, Larson. She was a member of PEO, Chapter X and United Methodist Church.
Betty moved to Fort Collins in 2007 for health reasons and to be near her son Jon, his wife, Diane, and her grandson, Scott. Betty enjoyed being closer to her family and making many new friends at Ridgen Farm Senior Living.
Betty also is survived by her son Michael and his wife, Cindy, of Wallowa, Ore.
A family gathering has been held to distribute Betty and Eric's ashes together in their beloved Colorado mountains. Memorial contributions in Betty's memory may be made to United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 773748, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.
Please go to www.goesfuneralcare.com to express your thoughts and memories of Betty.