Montana News

Aug 4, 2013 4:05 PM by Marnee Banks

Former Montana first lady Betty Babcock passes away at 91

HELENA - At the age of 91, former first lady of Montana Betty Babcock has passed away after a life of public service and dedication to the state of Montana.

Babcock was not only fervent in her commitment to her husband, former Governor Tim Babcock, but she also left her own legacy.

She was a delegate to the 1972 Constitutional Convention, serving on the executive committee and drafting key portions of the state's Constitution.

In her later years, Babcock was instrumental in raising money to renovate the Capitol and also advocated for construction of a new facility for the Montana Historical Society.

Tim Babcock served as Montana's governor from 1962 to 1969; he took office when governor Donald Nutter died in a plane crash.

During a 2012 ceremony in Helena to honor the victims of the plane crash, Betty recalled, "Tim was sworn in as Governor and we were all in the Governor's Office and he looked over at me and said, 'You know I bet this is the only time that a Governor went into office crying.' We were all crying."