Book signing for Cranmer memoir set for Nov. 7 in Granby |

Book signing for Cranmer memoir set for Nov. 7 in Granby

Betty Cranmer, only a few weeks into her 91st year, is celebrating a published memoir now available to help tell her inspiring life story. A project some nine years in the making, Journey to Joy – A Memoir by Betty Cranmer was written and edited with good friend and former local resident, Cynthia Karnoscak Wigdahl.

The community is invited to a book signing scheduled at the Granby Public Library on Monday, Nov. 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in honor of this event.

Cyndi and Betty met in the fall of 2002 at the end of a women’s meeting where Betty shared with the group one of her more adventuresome life stories. Cyndi was captivated and introduced herself to Betty with the simple proposal: “I am a writer, and I think your story should be written.”

That was the beginning of almost weekly tea times at Betty’s home. The two began to record the stories of Betty’s early years in England, including her service as a nurse in the Women’s Royal Air Force during World War II, and her dramatic post-war journey to the United States and entry into society life in Denver. As they worked together on the book a deep bond of friendship also grew.

Recalling the life events was moving for Betty and deeply inspiring for Cyndi. “We would go over and over some of these stories, and I would think, ‘Well, we can’t get anymore on that one… but there would always be more,'” Betty said. “Being a part of this project with Betty has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” Cyndi added. “Betty is so authentic – a lover of God and others – and her story gives people hope.”

Of particular value is the encouragement Betty’s battle with cancer in the 1990s offers to people with loved ones making a similar fight. “There is a bond between cancer patients and survivors, and Betty shares honestly of her journey on that dark road and points the way to the light she found,” Cyndi added.

Even though the book project was interrupted when Cyndi made two major life moves, one overseas and one to Boston, the two found encouragement to persevere as demands for Betty to speak to local churches and women’s organizations persisted. At every engagement people inquired about the availability of a book that would give more details and fill in the gaps of Betty’s journey from London and Sussex to Denver and Granby. It seems people still recognize a good story when they hear one, and Betty Cranmer has a great story to tell.

Betty looks forward to visiting with many friends from the Grand County communities at the Nov. 7 book signing. She will be happy to share a cup of tea and sign personal copies of Journey to Joy. There will also be a few books on-hand for special purchase.

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