Margaret Afton “Babe” Favero-Johnson

Thursday, September 13, 2018
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Babe, 100 years old, was born to Scottish immigrants Margaret and William Marshall on April 23, 1918 in Boulder, Montana.  Her mother was a beloved Red Lodge figure who headed up the Scottish Day of the Festival of Nations and nurtured her eight children and many other Red Lodge children throughout a long life.  Her father “Scotty” was a blacksmith whose work took the family to many places in Montana, finally settling them in Red Lodge in 1936.  Babe joined the old Carbon County High School senior class and graduated from Carbon County High in 1937.

After a three-year romance, Babe married the love of her life, Joe Favero, in 1940, and they had three children: Philip Favero (Janet), Doug Favero (Mitch), and Patricia Favero Fleck (Dwight).  Joe owned and operated Favero’s General Store where Babe was his “best customer” and where she and the kids all helped out.  Upon marrying Joe, Babe joined the Catholic Church, which she loved without reserve.  She was an active member of St. Agnes Parish in Red Lodge up to her death.  A number of years after Joe’s death in 1984, Babe married a high school classmate, Leonard Johnson, and they had years of travel and good times together until his passing in 2006.

After raising her children and seeing them off to college, Babe took a “temporary” job working for the Red Lodge Liquor Store.  She then proceeded to do the job for sixteen years, becoming manager and getting to know the broader Red Lodge and Carbon County community well.

Babe loved maintaining her Red Lodge home, including her flower gardens and her bird feeders.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, and canning in her cozy kitchen; dancing to local orchestras; walking the high road near Richel Lodge; writing letters and cards to family and friends; following the political life of the nation under Bill & Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama whom she loved; and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up. One of her greatest pleasures was visiting and spending time with her children and their families and friends in Texas, Washington, D.C., and Maryland, and having them visit her in Red Lodge. She also made trips with her children to Scotland and Italy where she met a number of relatives with whom she then kept up correspondences.

In addition to her three children and their spouses, Babe leaves six grandchildren: Sara (Jessary, father of their children), Mariangela (Gregg), Nathan (Carrie), Elissa (Colin), AnnaNoelle (Kelvin), and Paul (Sherry); five great-grandchildren: Grayson, Kaden, Sophia, Kennedy, and Hudson; nieces and nephews: Stacey and Steve Ziegler and their children Zack and Maddy: Courtney and Kelsey Segota; Jack and Clarice Fawcett and family; Cheryl and Bob Sheiddeger; Bob and Lynn Marshall; Scott-recently deceased- and Kris Marshall and family; Bud and Carol Marshall; Adele House; and Susan Perkins and her family; special friend Lynda Tredway; and absolutely terrific Red Lodge friends & neighbors, hospital workers, and home health care workers, who will be named and honored at the services.  Babe was proceeded in death by all of her siblings: Agnes, Jack, Bill, June,  Jean, Dody, and Bobby.

In April Babe had a 100th birthday party at Honey’s Cafe, the former site of Joe’s grocery store, and the liquor store.  She had a wonderful time greeting, talking and reminiscing.  With hindsight we can say that it was her living goodbye to all who could attend. 

All who knew her well will forever remember Babe’s personal qualities of generosity, broadmindedness, forgiveness and courage. We, her children, remember her smiling at us and saying, “Things will all work out,” and, “I am so blessed for all that I have been given.”

Babe’s Vigil will be at Smith Olcott’s funeral home at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, and her Funeral Mass will be at St. Agnes Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 with internment in the Red Lodge cemetery. All are welcome. 


The Carbon County News

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