Christopher Creek Loses Longtime Resident

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Hello again, fellow Creekers.

In this week’s article, I very humbly give the column back temporarily to Mikey Marazza, whose shoes I have been honored enough to try and fill for the last couple of years. Below is the letter she sent me to publish.

Christopher Creek lost a wonderful lady and longtime resident of the area. Betty Lusson passed away on Friday, Jan. 14. Betty and her husband Bob purchased a lot and built their home on Columbine Lane in 1970.

She joined the Christopher/Kohl’s Fire Department in 1995 and in 2000 Betty had to have heart surgery, but that did not stop her. She was in the middle of taking her IEMT class. She worked so hard to further herself on the department.

I remember when she passed her EMT course, she was so proud of herself, as was I, for it wasn’t easy for Betty because she was not a young person, but she was very dedicated to the fire department, and one of the most determined women I knew.

There were many years of dedication from both Betty and Bob to the department. She had been a Firebelle for many years and served as president of the organization. She was a sweet lady and a dear friend. She had a great voice and loved to sing and her passion was fishing, which she and the family spent many weekends at Saguaro Lake. When her granddaughter Julie passed away years ago, I think it took part of Betty. She had a real hard time and never got over Julie’s death.

She questioned her death for years and strengthened her faith to find answers. She attended Bible study and read the Bible. Now Betty is reunited with Julie in heaven and we all will really miss her, but we will never ever forget her and all she did for the community of Christopher Creek.

Thanks again for reading the column.

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