BOULDER, Colo. — If you've ever been to a University of Colorado athletic event, you've likely seen twin sisters and superfans Betty Hoover and Peggy Coppom.
Unfortunately, on Wednesday afternoon it was announced Betty has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 95-years-old.
“It is a sad day for Buff Nation with the passing of Betty Hoover, one of our beloved twins. Betty and Peggy Coppom have been attending CU Athletics contests for over 70 years and have been season ticket holders since 1958. While we have many great fans, none have been more visible and loved than Betty and Peggy. If you know CU Athletics you know Betty and Peggy," Colorado AD Rick George said in a statement.
"Our hearts go out to Peggy and Betty's extended family today. Betty is a great Buff and she will be missed.”
>> The video above is a feature 9NEWS did on the sisters in 2016
News of Betty's passing spread on social media in a hurry, showing just how beloved she was by the CU community. Several people involved in athletics in Boulder, past and present, sent their condolences.
Betty and Peggy's family moved to Boulder in 1940 and the two attended Boulder High School, graduating in 1943. They remained loyal to the Panthers over the years but were known for their visibility at Buffs games, particularly football and basketball.
Betty's family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to either CU Athletics or Sacred Heart of Jesus in Boulder. Gifts to the CU Foundation may be delivered to:
Boulder, CO 80309
Attn: Scott McMichael
A family-only service will be held at a later date. The family also hopes to have a "Celebration of Life" later this fall when circumstances allow.
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