MONTE VISTA — Betty Jo Syring Tomlinson passed away on Jan. 7, 2020. She was born in Mankato, Kan., in 1929, to Mona (Brinkworth) and Joseph Calvin Huntsinger. When her parents died, Betty Jo was adopted by her aunt, Leota Brinkworth, and moved to Monte Vista in 1935.
Betty Jo married Byron Syring in 1950, and had two daughters, Mona and Lauri. Later, in 1982, she married Tom Tomlinson.
Betty Jo was a musician and played the piano and organ for several churches in Monte Vista, as well as for other community and school events. She continued to play the piano until the end of her life. She blessed people with not only her music, but with her kindness and sweet sense of humor.
Betty Jo is survived by her daughters, Mona Syring and Lauri (Randy) McMullen; her granddaughter, Jamie King; her great granddaughter, Skyla King; and her stepdaughters, Joan (William) Schernekau and Patricia Tomlinson.
A celebration of life will be held in the spring and will be announced at a later time. Cremation was chosen and Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences and remarks of comfort for Betty Jo’s family, please visit www.RogersFunerals.com. Contributions are suggested to the “Legacy at Monte Vista” assisted living center, 100 Chico Camino St., Monte Vista, CO 81144.