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Betty Gottlob Thompson passed away peacefully from natural causes on January 4, 2019, in Charlottesville, Virginia, sixteen days before her 100th birthday. Betty was born in Livingston on January 20, 1919, to Frank and Bessie Gottlob. She spent her youth growing up in Big Timber, roaming the hills by Sweetgrass Creek with her beloved cousins. She also spent time in Chicago with her mother and was lucky enough to ride an elevator with Al Capone!

Betty married her high school sweetheart, Bob Thompson, on Aug. 11, 1942. They were married for 69 years and had three children, Kim, Nevada and Carter. Betty was involved in scouts while raising her children and loved playing bridge with her lady friends. She was very proud of her grandchildren, taking care of them after school and cheering them on in soccer games and other events as they grew up.

After Bob passed away in 2011, Betty spent her days playing solitaire, gin rummy and doing crossword puzzles. She loved family dinners at Carter’s and spending time with family from Montana to Virginia. In 2017, at the wonderful age of 98, Betty moved to Virginia to spend her last years living in the home of her daughter, Kim. This little lady lit up every room with her smile and sweet disposition. We are thankful for her long, blessed and beautiful life.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, and is survived by her daughter, Kim Irons (Ralph) and their children, Sarah and Carl; her son, Nevada (Maggie); and son, Carter (Katie) and their children, Libby, Max and Joey; and her two half-sisters, Marilyn Michels and Kathryn Grapes.

A celebration of life will take place on her birthday in Virginia and a memorial service will be in the springtime in Big Timber.

Memorials can be made to Staunton-Augusta YMCA, Adult Care, 708 North Coalter Street, Staunton, Virginia 24401. Memories or condolences may be shared at

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