Betty Arlene Bettencourt Pinder

Memorial services for longtime area resident Betty Arlene Bettencourt Pinder will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Arriola Bible Church with Pastor Kent Slyter officiating.

Betty was born Sept. 3, 1939, in Acushnet, Mass., the daughter of Albert and Mary Arlene (Bailey) Bettencourt. She passed away at Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the age of 72.

Betty spent her childhood in Rochester, Mass., and attended school at Waterman School in New Bedford, Mass. She went on to attend Kinyonís Secretarial School. Betty met and married Robert McCabe Pinder while he was in the Navy. The couple wed in San Diego, Calif.

After Robertís discharge, the couple moved to Moab, Utah, and later relocated to Cortez. Betty was a member of Arriola Bible Church; she loved gardening and Boston terriers. The best breakfast Betty could imagine consisted of powdered donuts.

Surviving Betty are her nieces and nephews, Robert and Marcia Casey of Dolores, Amy Peabody of Dove Creek, Tyrone Peabody of Maryland, Leuwanna and Dee Sessions of Fruita, Colo., David Casey and Patrick Casey both of Grand Junction, Colo., Lisa Marie Pinder of Texas, and Mary Casey of Palisade, Colo.; in-laws, Josephine Pinder of Lewis, Nedetta and Richard Buchheit of Dove Creek, Janet Ann Pinder of Arriola, Ben and Debbie Pinder of Reisterstown, Md., Richard and Rona Pinder of Vernal, Utah, and Ellen Pinder of Berkley Spring, W.V.; longtime friends, Carol and George Smith; and numerous nephews and nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles and in-laws.

Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Betty Pinder to Arriola Bible Church or the Cahone Cemetery Board. Arrangements are being made through Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to and click on the obituary section.