Betsy B. Smith

November 21, 1985 ~ May 3, 2020

Paonia resident, Betsy Brianna Smith, passed away suddenly in a tragic car accident on Sunday, May 3, 2020 in Paonia, Colorado. She was 34 years young.

Services for Betsy will be held in New Mexico on her birthday. There will also be a ceremonial passing-way held next week in Paonia.

Betsy Brianna Smith was born November 21, 1985 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Jodie L. Million and Shawn M. Smith. She spent her childhood and attended school in Rio Rancho, graduating from Rio Rancho High School with the Class of 2004.

Betsy was a free spirit which took her to many places, one being New York where she resided for a few years before moving to Paonia, Colorado where she had lived for the past two years. She loved to travel and experience all forms of cultures and ways of being.

Betsy was an amazing cook, artist, fire dancer, and avantgarde artists model. She met many people and quickly became friends with all she met. Betsy was known to give the best heart-felt hugs. She will be missed greatly by her family and her abundance of friends.

Betsy is survived by her parents, Jodie Gardner (Al Gardner) and Shawn Smith (Carol Smith); siblings, Shannon Schaefer (Ryan Schaefer), Alisa Stanley (Adam Stanley), Dylan Castorena, and Timothy Kram (Nicole Kram); grandparents, Art and Sandra Million and Gloria Smith; aunts, Traci Dea Million, Annette Looney (Daryl Looney), Lisa Smith, Kathy Munsch, and Mary Smith; uncles, Steve Million (Robbie Million), David Smith, Francis “Sonny” Smith (Margaret Smith); numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her little dog, Lita; proceeded in death by uncle Richard Smith and aunt Michelle Dye.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at Also, check Facebook’s Paonia Community Boards for next weeks passing-way ceremony.