My Name Is... Betty Payte

Local memoir author

Posted 12/6/19

“About Betty” I just completed my book, “About Betty,” a few weeks ago. It’s a memoir, and some of the stories are wild. I’m 88 and I’ve had a lot of things happen in my life, including …

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My Name Is... Betty Payte

Local memoir author

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“About Betty”

I just completed my book, “About Betty,” a few weeks ago. It’s a memoir, and some of the stories are wild. I’m 88 and I’ve had a lot of things happen in my life, including having cancer four times.

I have been encouraged over the years to get all that into writing. So, with the help of Polly Letofsky, the woman who walked around the world by herself and is now a publisher, it has come to pass.

For the past year-and-a-half, I’ve been sitting down and writing my book. My husband Harold and I have been married over 71 years. He would sit beside me and we would try to recall what has happened in our life — remembering where we were and what we were doing at the time.

The writing isn’t Shakespearian, but it can remind people of themselves. What I’m trying to do with this book is teach people they can overcome things.

Seventy-one years of doing stuff together

Harold and I have now lived in Golden for over 25 years.

We both grew up attending the Fruitdale school in Wheat Ridge. We got married by a judge here in Golden on Sept. 4, 1948. He was 18 and I was 17.

Our oldest daughter, Patty Dierks, was born in 1950 and she lives in Casper, Wyoming. Our youngest daughter, Amy Clark, is a lawyer and lives in Boulder.

Harold’s boss had a farm in Westminster and we lived out there for a while, but eventually made our way back to the Wheat Ridge area. We had two businesses located in Arvada at one time. Harold managed Farmers Feed & Supply in Arvada for around ten years and then for another fifteen years, we owned and managed four Dairy Queens, including one in Wheat Ridge and one in Arvada.

We eventually sold them all off and became semi-retired. That’s when we did a lot of our stuff. Everything from learning to fly airplanes and learning to scuba dive.

‘When we walk, we talk’

I was already walking regularly when city councilmember Saoirse Charis-Graves approached us and said she wanted to start a community walk. That was about four years ago and one thing led to another. Golden Walks started with just a few people, and now we usually have between 20 and 30 people, and a few dogs, each time.

Anybody is welcome to join us. We meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Golden Visitors Center.

The Golden Walks group is participating in the first of the season holiday parades in Golden on Dec. 7. Anybody is welcome to walk with us in the parade.

Golden Walks is really important to us (Harold and Betty Payte), but I can’t tell you how much it means to the others as well. When we walk, we talk. The Golden Walks group are some of the most loving and wonderful people in the world.

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