Betty Numerof, 1926-2006
Betty Numerof died Monday following a long illness. She was 80.
She was born Betty Luscombe on April 5, 1926, in Davenport, Iowa. She attended the University of Indiana where she earned a degree in medical technology. Her scientific career culminated as the director of the South Bend Medical Foundation Nuclear Chemistry Department.
She married her husband Paul Numerof in 1981. She received an MBA from Pace University in 1986. In 1990 they moved to Vail for the skiing and mountain lifestyle.
Numerof was an avid collector of Native American art and jewelry, and because of the expertise which she attained and her management background, she was elected to serve several terms as president of the American Indian Arts and Crafts Association, an organization to which she dedicated countless hours, family members said.
She was a devoted mother and grandmother, visiting each of her grandchildren on their birthdays. She enjoyed traveling to the far corners of the earth, having visited Antarctica twice, China, Tibet, India, South America, Africa, as well as Europe, family members said.
She is survived by her husband, Paul; her children, Jim and Dianne Byers, Candy Byers, John and Patrice Byers; Paul’s children, Rita Numerof and Michael Abrams, Norm and Karen Numerof; and grandchildren Chelsea and Jess, Timeka, Tara, Brett and Scott, and Eric.
A private funeral service will be held Friday in Denver. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Betty’s name to The Educational Committee of the American Indian Arts and Crafts Association, 4010 Carlisle Blvd. N.E., Suite C, Albuquerque, NM, 87107.