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The gates of Heaven welcomed Betty Jean Bower, 88, of Billings, on Nov. 4, 2010. Betty was born to Dan and Lottie Finch on Feb. 22, 1922, in Sumatra. She married Howard Bower on Aug. 14, 1941. They had two children, Jerry and Peggy.

Betty was an avid gardener, dancer and card player. She loved making different needlepoint crafts and baking her famous cherry pies. She is remembered for her green thumb, her love of cats and her fierce independence. She was a professional seamstress who made anything, from her daughter's wedding dress and clothes for herself (and the family) up until a few days before she died. Betty was also known as a “Jack of all trades” and could be seen painting, building, and tearing things apart. Her greatest joy was watching her grandchildren grow up and her great-grandchildren play. She was able to visit her family homestead in Sumatra with her daughter and nephew this past June. This was a place of great joy for her that she was able to visit one last time.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Lottie Finch; her sister, Gilda James; bothers Kay, Dick and Kenneth; son Jerry; husband Howard; great-grandson Maxwell Tombre; and close companion and longtime friend Lloyd Augustine.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Peggy; grandchildren Erick Tombre and Todd Dubois, Ron and Sandy Tombre, Jay and Michelle Tombre, Janet and Fred Tombre-Cini, and Scott Bower; great-grandchildren Michael Tombre, Katie Tombre, Ben Tombre, Gavin Tombre, Christian Cini and Erin Bower.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Cremation will follow services.

Betty, Mom and Grandma, your friends and family love you and we will miss you very much. You have been such a presence in all of our lives. Every time we see beautiful flowers, we will think of you and how much we loved you.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the local Yellowstone Humane Society, 4902 Blue Creek Road, Billings MT 59101; or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1629 Avenue D, #C2, Billings MT 59102.

Michelotti-Sawyers is in charge of arrangements and remembrances may be shared with the family at www.michelottisawyers.com.

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