In the time since identical twins Betty Hoover and Peggy Coppom started cheering on the CU Buffs more than 80 years ago, the football team has cycled through 16 head coaches, six Ralphie mascots, and hundreds of thousands of fans in the student section at Folsom Field. Dressed in bright and colorful matching cheerleading uniforms, swishy pom-poms in hand, the grinning superfans have been fixtures at football and basketball games for as long as anyone around here can remember.

As if it’s not quiet enough around Folsom Field this fall, one voice in particular is missing. On August 5, Betty succumbed to pancreatic cancer at age 95. She packed a whole lot of spirit into one stadium seat and will be sorely missed by the scores of former and current players the twins befriended, and by all of Buff Nation.

In honor of Betty, her sister and best friend Peggy will do what she can to keep the legacy alive. If circumstances allow, the family hopes to have a public Celebration of Life for Betty sometime this fall. Memorial gifts can be made to the CU Foundation.

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