Vera E. (Hotchkiss) Carlson

Thursday, January 3, 2019
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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

  • Monday, August 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 29, 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, August 29, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, August 30, 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, September 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.

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