Betty M. Hagen, 80, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at her home in Billings. She was born July 30, 1929 in Jamestown, N.D. to Russell W. and Madeline C. (Mattern) Bellows. Betty graduated from Jamestown High School and in 1948, married Maurice E. Hagen.
Before settling in Billings in 1981, Betty lived in various cities including Duluth, Missoula, Minneapolis, Hannibal, MO., and Havre. An outgoing person with a ready smile, Betty quickly made friends in each community and engaged in various volunteer activities. Most recently, she was a volunteer for Meadowlark House. Contributing to the community and serving others was important to her throughout her life. She also enjoyed gardening and created a lovely rock garden at her home in Missoula. Betty was talented in various crafts including sewing, knitting, crocheting, and cross-stitch. She created lovely quilts and afghans for her family and others.
During their retirement years, Betty and her husband Maurice enjoyed travels to Arizona on a regular basis. They also traveled to the West Coast, the East Coast, and Alaska as well as made visits to their children. Betty and Maurice especially enjoyed their hunting trips to the King’s ranch near Broadus.
A devoted wife and mother, Betty was cherished by her family. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Betty is predeceased by Maurice, her husband of 55 years, and is survived by her daughter Jan Hagen; her son Michael R. Hagen; her daughter-in-law Zita Hagen; and grandsons of whom she was so proud: Michael S. and Izaak M. Hagen.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M., on Monday, May 24 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary with Pastor Jeff Olsgaard officiating. A private burial at Highland Home Cemetery in Jamestown, ND will follow at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation/Meadowlark House at 1106 North 30th Street, Billings, 59101 or to the charity of one’s choice.