Montanans pay last respects to Betty Babcock at State Capitol


Montanans pay last respects to Betty Babcock 07-08

MISSOULA, Mont. - Montanans were invited Thursday to pay their last respects to former First Lady Betty Babcock at the State Capital Building in Helena.

It's an honor that's been granted to only a handful of people in the last 100 years.

Babcock passed away last weekend at the age of 91.

She served as first lady when her husband, Tim Babcock, was governor in the '60s. Babcock continued working in public service for more than 40 years.

She served as a member of the Montana House of Representatives, and helped craft Montana's constitution. Babcock was also an integral part of the state capitol rehabilitation project.

Governor Steve Bullock ordered the flags at half-staff Thursday in her honor.

Babcock's friends say she was a lady known for her grace.

"Gracious, you know?" said Shirley Herrin with the Montana Federation of Republican Women. "I loved it when she would talk about our capitol -- this being the people's house -- just including everybody. She wanted the people of Montana to believe that this doesn't belong to the government. This belongs to them."

The former first lady's funeral is open to the public. It will be held Friday, at St. Paul's Methodist in Helena at 11 a.m.

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