Floral 13
Official Obituary of


January 1, 1937 ~ February 18, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old


Lazora “Liz” Katherine Bartos, 87, affectionately known as “Tutu” by those who loved her most, passed into eternal rest on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at the Douglas Care Center in Douglas, Wyoming. Born on Friday the first day of 1937 in China, Liz embarked on a remarkable journey that would lead her across the world and into the hearts of many.

A Celebration of Life in her honor will be held at The Gathering, 805 East Richards Street in Douglas on Saturday, July 13, 2024 from 10:00 A.M. to 12 Noon, where friends and family will gather to remember a life beautifully lived.

Liz's early years were a testament to her resilience and adventurous spirit. Arriving in America at the tender age of two, she grew up in the unique environment of the only Chinese All-Girls home in Los Gatos, California. Her love for horses drew her to the stables of Golden Gate Park. Liz's vibrant youth continued through her days at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California setting the stage for a life filled with love, laughter, and the joy of exploration.

Her heart first found companionship with Charles Hunter in 1959, a union from which her beloved daughters, Karen and Kathy, were born. Though their paths diverged in 1969, Liz's journey led her to the love of her life, Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant Richard L. “Dick” Bartos. Their chance meeting at the Treasure Island Post Office in 1969 blossomed into a marriage on February 15, 1970, blending their lives and families with the addition of two stepsons, Jeff and Bret.

Embracing the life of a military family, Liz, Dick, and their children experienced the breadth of America, making cherished memories in every corner of the country, yet always returning to Douglas, Wyoming, each summer. Ultimately, Douglas became their forever home, where they settled into a community that embraced them fully.

Liz's faith was a cornerstone of her existence. She walked in the light of the Lord, offering comfort, prayers, and guidance to all who sought her counsel. Her home was a sanctuary of love and faith, where doors were always open, and hearts were gently tended.

She leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion, survived by her daughters, Karen Ketcham of Douglas, Wyoming and Kathy (Ron) Gorder of Estelline, South Dakota; stepsons, Jeff Bartos of Wheatland, Wyoming and Bret Bartos of Henrico, Virginia; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; siblings David Siu, Young Siu, Wai Lu Siu, and Wai Lam Siu of Taipei, Taiwan, and Wai Kuan Siu of Atlanta, Georgia; along with a multitude of nieces, nephews, and those who saw her as a second mother.

Preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth Lee Preston Siu and Henry Morse Siu; her loving husband, Richard “Dick” Bartos; and her great-grandson, Lawrence Gale Gorder, Liz's spirit will forever be a beacon of kindness, resilience, and unwavering faith.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that condolences and cards be sent to The Gathering, 805 East Richards Street, Douglas, Wyoming 82633, as a tribute to Liz’s enduring legacy of community and care.

Lazora “Liz” Katherine Bartos’s life was a journey of love, adventure, and faith. As we gather to celebrate her remarkable story, we remember a woman whose strength, compassion, and devotion enriched the lives of all she touched.

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

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com

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Celebration of Life
July 13, 2024

10:00 AM
The Gathering
805 East Richards Street
Douglas, WY 82633
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