After several surgeries and struggles to recover from ovarian cancer, Betty was called to heaven to be with her Savior Jesus Christ quietly on Feb. 22, 2019. She had just turned 80 when the cancer was discovered.
She is survived by her husband and longtime friend Tim; brothers Elroy (wife Maxine), Delmar who preceded her to heaven (wife Dory), John (wife Bette) and Ken (wife Jo); her favorite sister, Lila (husband Jim Vincent); stepchildren Nathan (wife Sarah plus three grandchildren), Peter (wife Rebecca plus three grandchildren), Deborah (husband Eric plus two grandchildren); and multiple nieces, nephews, grand- and great-nieces and nephews.
Betty was born in a farm house between Baker and Plevna on Aug. 10, 1938, to Art and Lorene Fried. She had just turned 80 when the cancer was discovered. Much of her early years were spent taking care of the younger brothers/sister and caring for the house, being taught by mom to manage the house well. After graduating from Baker High School, Betty spent time in Miles City, Billings, Portland and finally returned to Billings in 1958 where she worked in the city/county offices in various positions. She did a short stint at Midland Implement Co., then back to the city/county attorney’s office before she found God calling her to serve as secretary at Billings Bible Church. She faithfully served there for 34 years retiring in 2006 after touching a multitude of lives for Christ.
She would always answer the question “Why aren’t you married?” with “My husband died at birth.” That changed when she married Tim on Feb. 27, 2010, after a short courtship and 71 years being single. Their life together was wonderful with travel, visits to their children and grandchildren, volunteering at St. Vincent Hospital and Clydehurst Christian Ranch.
There will be a Graduation Commemoration (Memorial) on Saturday, April 27, 2019 starting at 11 a.m. with an open house following until 2 p.m. in Emmanuel Baptist Church’s Shiloh Room (NW corner of Monad Road and Shiloh Road). Instead of flowers, Betty requests donations to the “Camp Scholarship Fund” of Clydehurst Christian Ranch (clydehurst.com/donate).