Beatrice “Betty” Jean Rife


TORRINGTON – Beatrice “Betty” Jean Rife, age 90, passed peacefully on May 1, 2021 at Meadow Wind in Casper. She was born May 29, 1930 in Gering, Neb. to George and Alma (Driscoll) Knight. Betty was one of three children in the family and was raised in Torrington. She graduated high school in 1948 and later married her high school sweetheart, Ramon “Buz” Rife in Torrington on Feb. 6, 1949. 

She was proceeded in death by her parents George and Alma, her husband Buz, her best friend and sister Rosie, and grandchild Christopher. She is survived by her brother Guard Knight, four children; Craig Rife of Sioux Falls, S.D., Merry Miller of Manville, Earl Rife of Pocatello, Idaho, and Ramon “Pepper” Rife of Dallas, Texas, 15 grandchildren; Eric, Jamie, Blake, Daren, Miles, Levi, Ty, Garrett, Brianna, Marshall, Ramon “Trey” III, Sylvia, Patty and Jacob; along with 25 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and close family and friends.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 6 at the Valley View Cemetery in Torrington. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church in Torrington in Betty’s honor. Colyer Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. 

The Miller/Rife family would like to extend our gratitude and special thanks to the staff at Meadow Winds for the excellent, loving care she received during her time as a resident.

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