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Longtime volunteer Betty Digges dies at 92

Photo courtesy Pat Williamson<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Betty Digges, with her ever-present smile, hams it up with Santa at the Cordes Lakes Community Center this past Christmas.

Photo courtesy Pat Williamson<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Betty Digges, with her ever-present smile, hams it up with Santa at the Cordes Lakes Community Center this past Christmas.

Cordes Lakes lost a longtime champion on June 29 when Betty Digges died at age 92.

Betty's son Lee Digges, who was her caregiver for many years, said she died in her sleep, surrounded by several of her eight children.

The diminutive Betty, at 4' 10", fondly called "Betty Boop," was a force in the community for many years. She was a founding member and longtime volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul, and most recently served as the organization's treasurer. She was also the librarian at the Mayer Library, a job she shared with five other retired librarians.

She was a member of the Cordes Lakes Tuesday Club, participating in their fashion shows and cooking for their dinners. Lee said Betty once cooked 26 pumpkin pies for a Thanksgiving dinner at the Cordes Lakes Community Center. She also enjoyed sewing.

At her 80th birthday party, which took place at the Community Center, friends took up a collection for Betty, which she promptly donated back so the Center could purchase a sound system.

"If she couldn't hear someone who was speaking she would stop them and say 'use the mic, it won't bite you!'" Lee said. "She had her feisty years in the end."

Friends purchased and dedicated a bench outside the Community Center for Betty.

Betty had one long-standing appointment that nothing would keep her from - her Monday morning hair appointment at Diane's Hair Hut.

"She loved them and Diane loves her," said niece Peggy Swycaffer. "I think it's pretty cool when you're 92 and still care how you look!"

Betty moved to Cordes Lakes in 1986 with her husband Larry, who also on the Cordes Lakes Community Association. The couple raised eight children in the community.

Larry Digges preceded Betty in death in 1994. She is survived by her eight children - Beverly Iddings of Cordes Lakes; Nancy Krause of Phoenix; Patty Mock of Phoenix; Lee Digges of Cordes Lakes; Dennis Digges of Seattle; Therese Teeters of Prescott; Carol Benge of Paulden; and Steven Digges of Phoenix.

Betty is also survived locally by her niece, Big Bug News columnist Peggy Swycaffer, her great nephew Chris Swycaffer and great niece Ria Swycaffer.

A celebration of life for Betty Digges will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, at the Community Bible Church, 20049 E. Club Lane in Cordes Lakes.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Cordes Lakes Community Center, 16357 S. Cordes Lakes Dr., Mayer, AZ 86333.