January 13, 1930 ~ May 21, 2022 (age 92) 92 Years Old


A private family graveside service for Betty Lou Hovda, 92, will be held at the Douglas Park Cemetery in Douglas, Wyoming.

Betty Hovda died Saturday, May 21, 2022 at her home in Douglas with her loving caregivers  at her bedside.

She was born Monday, January 13, 1930 in Douglas, Wyoming the daughter of William C. and Elsie Mae (Virden) Hall.  She was married to Edwin Jeptha Hopkins in April, 1947 in Rapid City, South Dakota and to this union two children, Clarence J. and Betty Jean, were born.  Following Mr. Hopkins death in 1975 Betty was united in marriage to Charles V.O. “Chuck” Hovda on May 1, 1976 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Betty Lou enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, making quilts, and music.  She loved to play pinochle and hand and foot canasta with family and friends.  

Betty is survived by her son-in-law, James Clyde Hill, of Douglas; grandchildren, Mike James (Raenae) Hill of Douglas, Brian Eugene (Amanda) Hill of Douglas, and Crystal Dawn (Mike) Decker of Rapid City, South Dakota; great grandchildren, Michaela Hill, Kenny Hill, Dominick Firnekas, and Katelyn Hill; and sisters, Edna Christine Reese, Doris Irene Dennis, and Mildred Jean Sparks.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Hall, on March 12, 1977; mother, Elsie Martinez, on November 8, 1988; husbands, Edwin Hopkins on March 8, 1975 and Chuck Hovda on April 10, 1995; infant son, Clarence J. Hopkins, on February 7, 1950; daughter, Betty Jean Hill, on November 18, 2021; grandson, Justin Clyde Hill, on August 18, 2010; great granddaughter, Hope Lynn Hill, on November 3, 2009; and sisters, Billie Mae Lindberg, Alice Fay Alkire, Evelyn Grace Hall, and Carolyn Marie Templar.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75231 would be appreciated by the family.

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.

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