Graveside services will be held at South Park Cemetery at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, for Betty Lou Madsen Frost, 85, who passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, after a brief illness. The Rev. Tim Arlet of Adventure Christian Church will officiate.
Betty was born on Dec. 5, 1925, in Horton, Kan., to Sophus and Bessie Madsen. Betty moved to Roswell in 1937 from Kansas with her parents and lived at the house and property which is now the Poor Claire Monastery on East 19th Street. She raised club calves and entered them in the fair in Roswell and Albuquerque and won many ribbons and awards for her livestock entries.
Betty attended Roswell schools and graduated from Roswell High School in 1944. She married T.J. Frost Dec. 29, 1945, in Roswell, and worked side-by-side with T.J. for many years in the trucking business. He preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 2006.
Betty was the oldest of 11 children in the Madsen Family and was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Tom Madsen and Jim Madsen; and sisters-in-law, Louise Madsen and Clarice Madsen, her best friend. She is survived by two sons, Terry Jack Frost and Thomas Jacob Frost, of Roswell; and daughter Sharon (Joe) Fromhold, of San Angelo, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Sheila (James) Ortega, Tracy Frost, Elisha (Mike) Skrobrok, of California, Troy (Michelle) Frost, Betty (Damon) Graham, of Roswell, Laurie Frost, Millicent Frost, Brittany Fromhold and Samantha Fromhold, of San Angelo, Thomas Frost, of Austin, Texas, and Amber Chenault, of Florida. She is also survived by 34 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Betty is also survived by her sister-in-law Lula Madsen; her brothers, Gerald Madsen of Warner, Okla., Carroll (Beth) Madsen, of Roswell, Gayle (Judy) Madsen, of Maxwell, and Wayne (Gay) Madsen, of Portales; her sisters, Shirley (John) Sechrist, of Albuquerque, Martha (Dwayne) Dickerson, of Jasper, Texas, Linda (Kenneth) Goins, of Roswell, and Sandra (Gene) Lee, of Roswell. She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces who loved her dearly.
Betty was a kind, gentle woman; a real lady. In her younger years, Betty loved being out with her metal detector searching for valuable finds and loved looking for and collecting antique glassware. In later years, she loved watching Western movies and requested her couch and TV be cremated with her. Her wit and sense of humor will be dearly missed by all. The love her boys had for her was evident in the manner in which she was taken care of in her last days.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Assurance Home, 1000 E. 18th St., Roswell, NM 88201, or the charity of your choice.
Betty……..’til we meet again.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.