Originally Published: March 6, 2013 9:59 p.m.
Betty Jane Fretwell Siegfried was born to Mary Martin and Meigs Fretwell in Clarksburg, W.Va. Betty resided there for 18 years then moved to join her mother, a WAC, at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., where she met and married her first husband, Walter Sluder. They moved to his home in New York City after his discharge from the army. The marriage lasted 15 years.
Betty married Ernest C. Siegfried, M.D., in 1960 on Staten Island, N.Y. Ernie was a physician in the U.S. Public Health Service and subject to being transferred. Then the journey began. Ernie, his two boys, Bryan and Karl, and Betty moved to Seattle, Wash., for two years, then to Phoenix, Ariz., for three years, then to Washington, D.C., where Ernie was attached to the Department of Justice. They lived in Bethesda, Md., for three years. They were then transferred back to Phoenix where Ernie retired. After Phoenix came Tucson for two years and finally they settled in Chino Valley, Ariz.
Betty's loves were gardening, sailing, helping to protect the environment, and Ernie and her sons Bryan and Karl.
She was a member of the Alta Vista Garden Club, the Nature Conservancy, the Ocean Conservancy and The National Wildlife Federation.
After Ernie's death in 1986, Betty moved to Prescott to pursue active volunteer jobs with Keep Prescott Beautiful, The Yavapai County Fair Association where she was responsible for the Floriculture Department for 15 years. She was also active in the Prescott Creeks Association, The Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs and the Sculpture Garden at Yavapai College.
Cremation and private dispersal will be held by her family, fulfilling her request to be near to Ernie's ashes.
Information provided by survivors.