Here at StageCoach Bags, our customers feel more like family. Creating one-of-a-kind vintage leather purses using customers’ own cowboy boots makes it easy for us to connect with our customers and create lasting relationships. This is especially true for repeat customers—like Rodeo Queen Betty. Betty recently passed away, so we would like to honor her by writing about her life and sharing her legacy with the rest of our family.
Betty’s Younger Years
Elizabeth Ann Stafford-Heuermann, lovingly known as Betty and later, Rodeo Queen Betty, was born in Cody, Wyoming on December 15th, 1935 to proud parents Cecil Stafford and Alice Gentner Stafford. Betty had four older sisters, all redheads just like herself. The Stafford girls also had one younger brother named Clark. All five children worked hard to help their parents with the ranching and farming responsibilities they acquired after moving to Belfry, Montana in 1936. In 1954, Betty was named Miss Cody Stampede. She also graduated from Cody High School in this year. Over the summer of the same year, Betty participated in both the Cody Night Rodeo and the Cheyenne Frontier Days event.
Betty’s Later Years
Betty married her beloved husband, Robert Heuermann, on November 29th, 1957. The couple moved from Wyoming to Canada, where they lived for the next 10 years. The couple returned to Wyoming in 1978, where they continued to work and raise a beautiful family. Betty enjoyed many responsibilities and hobbies, including working in banking and insurance, promoting the arts and figure skating, and cooking up a variety of tasty treats for her loved ones. In 1998, Betty and Bob retired to Riverton.
Our Experience with Betty
Every rodeo queen needs the perfect southwestern accessories, which is why Betty became a loyal customer at StageCoach Bags. Betty’s very first bag was a custom creation using her brother’s cowboy boots. We used one of her brother’s shirts as the lining and a belt buckle Betty won during her rodeo days as the main centerpiece. We made many different vintage leather purses for this rodeo queen, including many for her daughters and granddaughters. Betty’s beloved husband Bob also helped designed one of these special purses! Over the years, we got to know Betty through many conversations with her and her family members. Not only did we create many beautiful purses for Betty; we also developed a wonderful friendship with this wonderful woman.
We will always have fond memories of Rodeo Queen Betty here at StageCoach Bags!