Betty Owens Hunter

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
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On May 26, 2019, in Red Lodge, Montana, a beautiful soul winged its way to heaven. “And just at the moment someone says, ‘There she is gone,’ there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, ‘Here she comes!’” 

Betty Owens Hunter was born at the Souders Hospital, which still stands on North Broadway in Red Lodge, on Jan. 20, 1922, to Harry W. and Beulah Owens. She was raised in the thriving town of Washoe and always recalled those years as her own vision of heaven. No doubt, she and her brothers Jim, Tom, Bill, and Harry Jr. are playing again in those beautiful green hills. 

After graduation from Carbon County High School, Betty set off by train to Chicago, Illinois, where she studied shorthand and court reporting. She served as court reporter for many district and federal judges during the war years. 

Returning to Red Lodge, she raised her daughter, Patty, and worked for many years as the administrative assistant at Carbon County Memorial Hospital. She also worked in the radiology department at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings prior to becoming the housemother at the Farmhouse Fraternity at Colorado State University. It was a grand time in her life as she loved her boys and they honored and loved “Mom Hunter” right back. Even better, she lived near Patty and her husband, Norm, and experienced the growing up years of her grandson, John. Her crowning achievements were seeing John through two college graduations. 

Betty returned home to Red Lodge in 2004 and lived by herself until the age of 97. She kept up with technology and spent countless hours working on her computer. She especially enjoyed keeping up with John while he lived in Japan, her nephew Jack and family in Sanya, China, and her nephew Bill and family in Casper Wyoming. She was a formidable challenger at Words with Friends. She loved reading, poetry, opera, ballet, and history. She took great pride in tracing her roots in America back 400 years. 

She took great joy from time spent with John, his wife Shinako, and their daughter Rhianna, and felt extremely blessed to have four generations of her family with her.

Her life was made immeasurably better by her dear friends and by her loving caregiver, Debbie Haight. Cremation has been conducted and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Should you desire, memorials may be sent in her name to the Red Lodge Proud and Beautiful Committee, P.O. Box 988, Red Lodge, Montana 59068. 

The family can be contacted at 1103 W. 36th St., Loveland, Colo. 80538.