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Betty Lou Kunkel died peacefully surrounded by family on Oct. 9, 2018 from cancer. Betty was born on June 30, 1939 in Billings to Louis & Elizabeth Anest.

As a teenager, Betty was a twirler and a poet for her school paper in Laurel. Betty married Jerry Kunkel from Billings on April 11, 1959. They had three children, Rick Kunkel, Mike Kunkel and Kari (Gary) Goodale. She enjoyed being a homemaker and always being available for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Betty loved baking, playing cards, gardening and the fellowship she had with her bible study group. Betty is survived by her three children, as well as her sister, Jeanette Horsman, brothers Pete and Paul Anest. Grandchildren – Nicole (David), Jesse (Jennifer), Zack (Brenda), Cory (Rose), Jake, Gabe, Kasey (Kaitlynn), Kassidy, Brin and Kloe. Great grandchildren Kaden, Taytum, Haley, Grayson, Diesel, Kyra, Skylar and Remmington. Betty was preceded in death by her parents Louis and Elizabeth Anest, her husband Jerry Kunkel and brother Bill Anest. Special thanks to her friend Joel and the team at Hospice & Palliative Care Compassus.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15 at Smith West Chapel, 304 34th St W. Visitation begins one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at Terrace Gardens Cemetery. Condolences may be shared online at

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