Betty Smail Creekmore died peacefully in the midst of her family on Sept. 1, 2012, in Billings. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Betty was born on March 23, 1916, to Walter and Leota Smail on the family homestead in Arrow Creek. After graduating from Arrow Creek High School, Betty spent a year working on the family homestead and there, at a country dance, met the love of her life, Floyd Vern Creekmore.
Homestead life was not for Betty and she moved to Lewistown where she worked as a trainee for Nash Finch Grocer and attended a clerical training program. This led to a job at F.W. Woolworth, a dime store, in Lewistown. After a five-year courtship, Betty and Floyd were married on July 31, 1938, at St. James Episcopalian Church in Lewistown. Floyd was employed by Safeway Stores in Conrad and later Havre where their first son, Larry, was born in 1940. In 1942 an opportunity by Floyd’s uncle gave Floyd and Betty a chance to become registered Hereford Cattle ranchers, and the family moved to a ranch outside of Coffee Creek. Their daughter, Cheryl, was born in 1945. In 1949, the family moved to Stanford and here, son Dave was born in 1953. From 1957 to 1969, Betty worked in the Judith Basin County Clerk and Recorder Office. In the summer of that year, the family moved to Billings, and she worked for the Yellowstone County Treasurer’s Office until her retirement in 1982.
Betty enjoyed working in her yard, reading, loved to go camping, knitting and crocheting beautiful sweaters and afghans, and traveling throughout the United States and abroad. She especially enjoyed family visits and looked forward to welcoming each and every grandchild and great-grandchild. She was a member of Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile and made many friends while faithfully following her husband around the United States and Canada as he volunteered his time as a Shrine Clown for the Al Bedoo Temple. Betty also volunteered as a Pink Lady at Billings Deaconess Hospital for 10 years. She enjoyed playing and mastered the game of pinochle and until a year ago, had played with her same bridge club for 20 years. Betty was also a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church.
Betty is survived by her husband of 74 years, Floyd, of Billings; a son Larry and wife Julie Ann of Bigfork; daughter Cheryl and husband Bill McCraw of Denver; and son Dave, of Billings; five grandchildren, Stephen, Scott, Brent, Siri Ann and Tom; 11 great-grandchildren, Paul, Katie, Cade, Malia, Morgan, Alayna, Mikala, Emma, Gabriel, Aniston and Audrina; a sister, Esther Boring, of Ponca City, Okla.; and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Billings, 2420 13th St. W. (Corner of 13th & Poly). Memorials can be sent to Scottish Rite, First Presbyterian Church of Billings or donor's choice.