Decatur County, Kansas
September 24, 1937—December 13, 2016
Betty Corine Gosar was born on Sept. 24, 1937, in Decatur County, Kansas. Her mother, Wilma Jean Hampton, loved her very much and along with her grandparents, raised her through the Second World War in Warrensburg, MO. Betty learned both the value and power of education from her, as the means of developing our greatest abilities. She believed that in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone. Her father, Marion Batterton, was no less devoted to her. From him, Betty gained a love for literature and writing. He imbued a passion for humanity and appreciation for the hard work required to achieve one’s potential despite life’s challenges. Together they gave her faith and reverence for God.
She is survived by her husband, Jack George Gosar, of Casper, WY and her two children, Annmarie VanMaanen, of Greeley, CO, and Matthew Scott Gosar, of Tempe, AZ. Jack loved her selflessly and she happily reciprocated as they moved together through life. He was her friend, her confidant, her sounding board, and her foundation.
Her children made her immensely proud. Their continuing dedication to the causes and ideals she cherished are present in their occupations and pursuits. Her son-in-law, Chad, and daughter-in-law, Lori, also survive her. Betty loved them both, supporting her family beyond expectation, and especially in the twilight of her years. Her grandchildren, Kenady, Quinn, Ryne, Evan, and Lorelei, were the light of her life. Numerous nieces, nephews and their families, and many devoted friends also survive Betty. She loved them all, and she knows they loved her.
Betty graduated from high school in Oberlin, KS. She received her BA at the University of Nebraska at Kearny and her two Master’s degrees at the University of Wyoming and Leslie College. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma, Business and Professional Women, the Daughters of the American Revolution, a devoted Catholic, and a proud Democrat. An avid reader, she enjoyed participating with her local book club.
Betty was fortunate enough to share her love of learning and education professionally. For over 40 years, she was a secondary school teacher holding positions as a language arts instructor in North Platte, Laramie, and most notably at both Natrona County and Kelly Walsh High Schools in Casper. In addition to serving as department chair for many years, Betty also served on and led numerous district committees and was named as one of the outstanding educators by NCSD #1. In her career she was grateful for her exceptional students, her many colleagues and teacher friends, and mentors. She counted herself very lucky to have served the community for so long and to have helped shape so many bright minds.
Through her many years of teaching, she provided both inspiration and guidance to her students giving them insight into their own talents and appreciation for great ideas. She always wanted others to remember to believe in themselves and never to discount their ability to make a difference. Especially in these current times, she would want us all to not lose our faith in each other, our hope for our children or for our future.
A memorial service celebrating her life is planned to be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to: the Betty Gosar Scholarship Fund, Delta Kappa Gamma—Beta Chapter, c/o Marie Puryear, 2620 Osprey, Casper, WY 82601. Please visit bohlenderfuneralchapel.com to send the family online condolences.