Vera E. (Hotchkiss) Carlson

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Vera E. (Hotchkiss) Carlson, of Billings, passed away Dec. 13, 2018 at Billings Clinic Hospital.

Vera was born April 7, 1929 in Red Lodge to Con and Reba Hotchkiss.

Vera grew up in Red Lodge and graduated there in 1947.

On Oct. 16, 1948, she married Carl B. Carlson and moved to a farm between Belfry and Bridger, where they lived for many years.

In 1971, as a result of Carl needing back surgery, they sold the farm and moved to Laurel.

Later they built a home on 54th and Neibauer and resided there for 30 years. Carl passed away in 2007.

Vera resided at Morning Star Assisted Living, where she had many friends. She enjoyed the

staff and employees, especially Chef Jim.

Vera loved growing up in Red Lodge, music, dancing, reading, playing cards, and lilacs. She was a member of the Eastern Star.

Vera is survived by her children: Linda, Randy, and Beverly (Joel); sister, Goldie (Raymond) Rae; brothers; Con (Jan) and Delano (Patricia); sister-in-law, Doris (Floyd); and many nieces and nephews.

A family service will be held in the summer.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MT Talking Book Library in Helena, 1515 E. 6th Ave., Helena, MT 59602.

Cremation and Funeral Gallery is handling arrangements. Condolences may be left at


Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - 7:00am
    *American Legion Carbon County Post 17 Memorial Day schedule, May 27 7 a.m. Breakfast at Red Lodge Café 8:30 a.m. Memorial Service at Belfry Cemetery 9:30 a.m. Memorial Service at Bearcreek Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Parade through Red Lodge.  10:15 a.m. Meet at the corner of 14th and Broadway. Following parade there will be a lunch  at the Red Lodge Elk’s Lodge 11 a.m. Memorial Service at Red Lodge Cemetery 1:30 p.m. Parade in Roberts followed by Memorial Service at Roberts Cemetery. For further information contact Kenneth Beggs, Commander Carbon County Post 17 at   *The Clarks Fork American Legion Post 71 and the Joliet VFW Post 5748 will be doing Memorial Day services Monday, May 27. Rev. Robert Reed of the Joliet Baptist  Church will be the Speaker of the day.   The schedule for the day will be: 9 a.m. Services at the Gebo Cemetery. 9:30 a.m. March through Fromberg Main St. 10 a.m.   Services at Rockvale Cemetery 11 a.m. Services at Joliet Cemetery 11:30 a.m. March through Joliet Main St. A potluck lunch will be held at the  Joliet Community Center following the services.  Everyone is welcome to come. Any veterans who would like to help who haven’t been contacted can show up at the Gebo Cemetery at 8:45 a.m. Memorial Day or call Rich Pierce at 962-3320 or Jody Stene 962-3779.  
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Carbon County News

Street Address:

11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 970, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Phone: 406-446-2222

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