Betty Fern Hittle Kerback peacefully passed away on July 13 at her home in Pinedale. She was born to Frieda Noble Hittle and Henry C. Hittle on July 29, 1936.
Her early years were spent on the family ranch in Boulder. She rode her horse to attend the Olsen School in Boulder. She also attended school in Pinedale, the Wasatch Academy in Utah and graduated from Pinedale High School. She met and married the love of her life Karl “Bud” Kerback on Oct. 8, 1960. They had three children, Daniel Henry Kerback, Tim Hittle Kerback, Kathy Kerback George.
Betty worked in the treasurer’s office in Pinedale and then partnered in the Cowboy Shop with Caryn Bing. Bud and Betty owned and operated the Buckskin Trading Company in Pinedale, as well as various other businesses in Pinedale. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Betty was a gregarious live wire, and her home was always an open oasis of beauty, joy and comfort, where the whole family and many friends gathered. She was an avid and smart bridge player, belonging to several local bridge clubs. She loved her children and grandchildren, as well as her nieces and nephews, and supported and encouraged them in all of their endeavors. She was a supporter of the Museum of the Mountain Man and Kickin’ Cancer in Sublette County.
Betty is survived by her sons, Dan and Tim Kerback; daughter Kathy Kerback George; grandsons, Jerun Kerback, Robbie Kerback, Garett George and Hunter George. She was very fond of Leah and Michael Payne and considered them her “honorary grandchildren.” She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud.
Graveside services were held at the Pinedale Cemetery July 16. Because of her staunch support of the Museum of the Mountain Man and Kickin’ Cancer in Sublette County, the family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to either of those organizations in Betty's memory.
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