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Elizabeth 'Betsy' Jane Christian

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By The Staff

CHRISTIAN – Elizabeth “Betsy” Jane Christian, 64, of Rio Rancho, formerly of Los Alamos, passed away on Friday, March 14, 2008, during an extensive hospital stay. Betsy was born Jan. 26, 1944, in Akron, Ohio, the eldest daughter of John H. Frye and the late Jane Elizabeth Baughman Frye. Betsy grew up in Phoenix, Ariz., and attended the University of Arizona, where she met her husband Michael Christian. They were married on Aug. 8, 1964. Betsy and Mike spent 38 years in Los Alamos, where Betsy was involved in her daughters’ many activities. She coached softball and became an avid and accomplished quilter, creating a vast collection of beautiful and finely-crafted quilts and wall hangings for friends and family.Proficient in French and Latin, Betsy was a lifelong reader of both fiction and nonfiction, and her extensive knowledge of American and European history, poetry, mythology, politics, baseball, genealogy, children’s literature and numerous other topics amazed and enriched all those who knew her. She instilled a love for reading in her daughters and could always recommend the perfect book for any person of any age. Betsy had a keenly analytic mind, unusual recall and was known as a reliable source of information on a wide range of subjects. She was also an authority on Emily Dickinson, Arthurian legend and Shakespeare.She is survived by her devoted husband, her daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and John Leitch of Mesa, Ariz; her daughter Mara Christian, three grandchildren, John Christian Howard, Regan Howard, and Nicholas Leitch; her father, John H. Frye of Phoenix, Ariz.; and two sisters, Kathy Lyding (Michael) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Nora Frye (Alan Blumberg) of Tucson, Ariz, as well as their families. She is also survived by her dear friend Emmy Hopson of Los Alamos; her son Matthew of Middlefield, Conn.; her husband John; and their sons, Mischa and Gabriel, along with many other relatives and friends whose lives she touched in special ways.A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at Daniels Family Funeral Services, 7601 Wyoming NE, Albuquerque, NM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in memory of Betsy Christian to Reading is Fundamental Inc., 1825 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20009, (1-877-RIF-READ) or to your local Friends for the Public Library.Arrangements handled by Daniels Family Funeral Services, 2400 Southern Blvd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124 – 505-891-9192, www.danielsfuneral.com.