Betty Keating, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and our spiritual rock, was suddenly called to the Lord on June 6, 2014. She was 84.
Betty was born in Parks, Neb., on Feb 9, 1930. She moved west to Red Lodge, Mont., where she began her early education. She loved learning and reading was her passion, especially the Bible and her outdated 1972 medical book which she recently traded in for an iPad and the Internet.
She attended Billings Central Catholic High School and graduated in 1949. Betty was a cheerleader, lettering for three years. She met her life-long love – Joe Keating - while waiting in line to register for class at Billings Central.
Betty married Joe, her high school sweetheart at St. Patrick’s Church July 24, 1954, and marked 60- years of marriage together. Joe’s career in the oil and gas industry took the couple to Lewistown, Mont., for three years. While there, Betty was active in the Catholic Church, started life as a homemaker, earned her driver’s license and gave birth to the couple’s first child.
In 1957, a position for Joe with Cenex returned the young couple to Billings where they built their first house. They still call Billings home. Betty continued her spiritual growth and leadership as a charter member in three parishes, was active in Bible study, prayer groups, Circle, Cursillo and taught CCD.
Betty understood the value of time well spent. She used it to build up herself and others emotionally and spiritually, nurture relationships, raise her grandchildren, and have regular Friday date night with her husband. Above all, family was at the center of her life. She took pride in raising children who love God, respect each other and carry on her strong values.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph Keating; three daughters, Karen and Wayne Ziegler, Karla and Ed Ulledalen, Kristie and Dan Horgan all of Billings; two sons Tim J. and Peggy Keating of Billings and Kevin Keating of Bellevue, Wash; her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren include Kristie Lynn, Katria, Alex, Tyler, Tanna, Travis, Taylor, Ben and Bryan. Other survivors include her brother Roger Hayes; sister Shirley Young both of Seattle, Wash.; and sister Ruth Braley of Billings.
Memorial services will be held Monday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Burial service will immediately follow at Calvary Cemetery. Michelotti-Sawyers is assisting with arrangements and remembrances may be shared online at www.michelottisawyers.com
Thanks Mom for all the love. We know your gentle hand will continue to be on our shoulders as you watch over us from heaven.