Beth Ann “Betty” Martinson

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Beth Ann “Betty” Martinson

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Betty Martinson
Betty Martinson

Beth Ann “Betty” Martinson, 90 of Billings, passed away Friday, January 4, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Nursing Home with her family at her side.

The daughter of Michael and Catherine Hauk, Betty was born October 19, 1922 in Terry Montana. She married Walter H. Martinson in Miles City January 3, 1941. During WWII they lived in Florida while Walter served in the Navy. Following his discharge they returned to Billings where they operated a family business for 50 years. Betty later operated a home day care.

Betty loved to dance, enjoyed cooking and baking and spending time with her family.

Walter preceded her in death, February 2, 1995. Also preceding her in death are her parents, Catherine and Mike Hauk, 2 sons, Bruce and Jerris, daughter-in-law Vicki Martinson, son-in-law Michael Spelman, 2 brothers, Buck and Micky, 2 sisters, Lucy and Pearl and a grandson Bryan Martinson.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Donna (Russ) Neuheardt of Billings, Vickie Spelman of Red Lodge and Debbie (Greg) Turner of Billings, brother Don Hauk, 2 sisters, Catherine “Peaches” Feldman and Karol Willardson, 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

The family extends their sincere heartfelt thanks to the staff of St. John’s Lutheran Nursing Home for the excellent care provided to Betty.

Vigil services will be held 7pm Wednesday, January 9th at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. The funeral mass will be held 10am Thursday, January 10th at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with rite of committal in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Special Olympics.

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  1. My heart goes out to the family of Betty, she was a very special lady in my life. My son Chris Martin was one of the first children she took care of in her home. She provided him with love and care beyond expectations. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  2. I will always remember when you used to come and visit me in my Meat Dept. at Albertsons, your beautiful smile always brightened my day;) I love you Great Grandma Betty, you will be missed!!!

  3. My sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother, Debby. She was a great day care provider. When they had a garage sale – some 30 yrs ago – I bought a check writing machine from them for the CACFP. We used it for a long time until computers could write checks! My prayers are with your family.

  4. Wayne, Jeryl, Garret & Lindey Schneider

    Betty was the answer to our prayers when she began watching our one year old son fifteen years ago and our daughter when she was six weeks old. During the years she watched our children, she was like a member of our family. We continued to see Betty on Halloween after the kids started school, and then we got periodic updates about her from Donna after she moved to St. Johns. We want her family to know how much she meant to us and how truly special she made us all feel. We are sorry for your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Thanks for sharing Betty with all of the children (and their parents) who were placed in her care.

  5. Rest in peace grandma better. You are a wonderful woman. Guide is in our daily lives. I love you. Until we meet again…

  6. Debbie,Greg and family,
    I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Betty. She was such a sweet lady and I have pleasant memories of her. As believers we know she is in a much better place, which I’m sure gives you the comfort needed to deal with her passing. Barb, the boys and I want to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    God Bless……Don

  7. My sincerest condolences. Betty was a terrific person. I have very fond memories of Betty caring for my now 22 year old son when he was at her day care. We recently looked at pictures with Betty, him, and Santa at her home. God Bless You Betty!

  8. To all the family I send hugs! It’s been truly wonderful to be aprart of this fabulous family circle of ours. Oh for the cheriched memories of Aunt Peaches family get to-gethers and haveing Betty and Walt support my career for over 25 years here in Billings has meant so very much to me. How lucky we are to have had the values of love and family passed on to us from Betty…She will always bring a smile to my face when I think of her…as she always had a smile for me. God Bless, Hertha Feldman Voorhis

  9. I am so very sorry to learn of Betty’s passing. I will treasure July 4th, 2011 when I went with Debbie to Betty’s nursing home. The ladies were sitting around watching the patriotic concert at our Capitol (I live in the D.C. suburbs). I began singing and all the ladies joined in! They indeed remembered our country’s patriotic songs from their youth. It was a treasure to see. Knowing Betty was a devout Catholic, I asked her if she would pray the rosary with me. A light twinkled in her eyes and indeed she prayed along with me. Betty was so devoted to praying this prayer and reflecting on the associated gospel passages, she could recall the prayers even when her mind didn’t work as well as it once did. I recall tears in Debbie’s eyes as she saw her mom remembering things she enjoyed in her past… singing and praying. I note that Betty died on St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s feast day ~ the first American born saint. Like Betty, she, too, loved her country and her God.
    Much love to you all,
    Lisa, Jeff, Jackson, Christian and Jeffrey

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