Vail Daily obituary: Elizabeth Alice Trotter, 1926-2016 |

Vail Daily obituary: Elizabeth Alice Trotter, 1926-2016

Elizabeth (Bette) Trotter, 90, of Gypsum, passed away peacefully in Littleton on March 3 after a brave struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was surrounded by her husband, children and extended family.

Bette was born in Superior, Wisconsin, on Feb. 18, 1926, to Verne and Alice Edwards. She grew up with three older brothers who all adored their youngest and only sister. She attended the University of Wisconsin and received a B.S. degree in medical technology.

In 1950, she married Laurence Trotter, who she met on a blind date. They recently celebrated their 65th anniversary. While newly married they lived on various Air Force bases. During this time she worked as a medical technician in bacteriology. This career cultivated in Bette a great sense of organization, cleanliness and record-keeping. They returned to Wisconsin, where they raised three sons (Larry, Jim and Rob).

In 1975, Bette and Larry started their own business in Green Lake, Wisconsin, Colonial Container Corp. Bette served as chief financial officer and was exceptional with numbers. After retiring, Larry and Bette moved to Edwards. The Trotters were attracted to Colorado and the family came on many ski vacations in the early 1960s and ’70s. Vail was their favorite and the retirement dream became a reality, as they spent the last 25 years in the Vail Valley. Bette’s favorite run was Larkspur Bowl at Beaver Creek.

Bette was very artistic and spent much of her later years painting landscapes of the mountains and the West. She was an excellent skier and golfer and loved the outdoors. Bette loved to cook and created her own recipes. Bette was a lifelong PEO member and served as president of the Wisconsin chapter in 1978-79. In her later years, Bette and Larry spent time at their family ranch on Gypsum Creek and their home in Sedona, Arizona. She will be sadly missed by her family for her kindness, her sound advice and especially her sense of humor, as her sons affectionately nicknamed her Lucy after the comedian Lucille Ball.

Bette is preceded in death by her parents, Verne and Alice Edwards; brothers Downing Edwards (Lee), William Edwards (Marcia) and Rodney Edwards (Gayle); and grandson Garrett Trotter. She is survived by her husband, Laurence Trotter; and sons Larry Trotter, Jim Trotter (Kathy) and Rob Trotter (Linda); and grandchildren, Amy Wetzel (Aaron), Martha Malkowski (David), Matt Trotter, Mike Trotter, Margaret Dahlquist (David), Bradley Trotter, Maddy Trotter, Roxy Trotter and Harry Trotter; and five great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at the Trotter’s ranch, 11157 Gypsum Creek Road, Gypsum, on Saturday, June 4, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Association.

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