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Montanan's mourn loss of former first lady Betty Babcock

By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
Published On: Aug 04 2013 06:19:51 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

91-year-old former first lady Betty Babcock passed away Sunday.

Her husband, former Montana Governor Tim Babcock, took office in 1961.

The Montana Republican Party Chair Will Deschamps released a statement on Babcock's passing:

"Betty Babcock was a First Lady right up until she passed away. She loved her husband, former Governor Tim Babcock, in a way that made it a delight to be around them. She loved Montana too, and she worked to make it better every day. When she worked on our state constitution, when she worked with the historical society on a new building, and all the rest of her life as well, Betty was showing how much she loved her state and community. She was a loyal friend to the Republican Party, and an example to us all of how to live with dignity and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Governor Babcock and all the rest of her family. Betty will be dearly missed."

Congressman Steve Daines also released a statement:

“Cindy and I are deeply saddened by news of Betty Babcock’s passing, and send our deepest condolences to Tim and all of Betty’s friends and family.  Betty had a strong dedication to public service and bettering Montana, and her tireless commitment to our state, years of service to the Shodair Children’s Hospital, and role in shaping Montana’s constitution and preserving our state’s history will never be forgotten. Betty’s selflessness and generous spirit had a profound impact on me as a young Montana State University student who served alongside her as a Montana delegate for Ronald Reagan at the 1984 Republican National Convention.  Cindy and I will be keeping Tim and the Babcock family in our thoughts and prayers.”