Birthday girls: 3 generations share day
Birthdays come but once a year, and for one local family this once-a-year celebration is bigger than most.
Three generations of one family share the same birthday on July 14. Today, Betty Lou Rumpf will turn 85, her granddaughter, Betty Lou Booz, will turn 24, and Booz’s daughter, Beaux Peighton Drumright, will turn 1.
“I always thought it was kind of unique to have my mom and my daughter’s birthday on the same day and now it’s my granddaughter’s birthday, too,” said Rumpf’s daughter, Nancy Booz. “It must have just skipped me,” she said jokingly.
Rumpf was born in Chicago in 1928 and moved in 1952 to Denver, where she had Nancy. Six months after Nancy had her daughter, whom she named after her mother, she moved her family to Grand Junction because she thought it seemed like a nice place to raise a family. Rumpf, who has Parkinson’s disease, now lives with Nancy Booz, who is happy to have her mother close.
Nancy said she always tried to make her daughter’s birthday a little extra special because it was in the summer and a shared birthday.
“We almost always got together with my parents for a birthday party,” Nancy Booz said.
When it came time to welcome the youngest member of the family, they had not expected little Beaux to be born on the 14th — her due date was supposed to be several days later — but it was a welcome surprise.
Betty Lou Booz graduated in May from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., where she and Beaux currently live. But the distance does not prevent them from being a close family. Nancy Booz said she talks to her daughter every day on the phone and on Skype a couple times a week.
The “three ‘B’ birthday gals,” as Nancy Booz calls them, had to celebrate their birthday early this year. Betty Lou Booz and Beaux were only able to make it Grand Junction for a couple days around July 4.
“We just tried to enjoy family time and being together,” Nancy Booz said.
The family was able to celebrate the holiday and their birthdays together enjoying dinner on Main Street and attending the Farmers Market and spending time at Sherwood Park.
“They are all three very special girls,” Nancy Booz said.