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Seema Betz

Seemah Betz

Seema Betz, a founding employee of the City of Lakewood, passed away on Dec. 25, 2021. Mrs. Betz was 95. A service was held Dec. 29 at Feldman Mortuary Chapel, with Rabbi Steve Booth-Nadav officiating.

Mrs. Betz was born on June 6, 1926 in Burma (now Myanmar), to a prominent Sephardic Babylonian Jewish family. During the 1942 Japanese invasion of Burma, Mrs. Betz’s (Saul) family escaped to Calcutta, India.

While working for the US Army Air Force Base in Calcutta, she married Robert Mares of Taos, New Mexico in 1945, living in an adobe house without electricity, telephone and water or sewer services. Mail was delivered by horseback once a week. After Mr. Mares was discharged after his military service, the couple moved to Albuquerque and subsequently to Denver.

In 1959, Mrs. Betz became a single mother; she remarried in 1980 to Ray Betz, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Betz worked at the Martin Marietta Titan Rocket engineering department, and later with the City of Lakewood.

Mrs. Betz is survived by children Ramona Cox, Ben Mares and Josephine Dean; and five grandchildren.

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