Betty Jane Fuller Argenbright

On the morning of July 7, 2017 Betty Argenbright succumbed to lung cancer. She passed to a better place while in the care of St. Peter’s hospice and the caring staff of the oncology unit of the hospital. She was 81. 

 Betty Jane Fuller was born in Lewistown on June 14, 1936. She was the fourth child and only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Fuller. A family change gave her a new stepfather, Frank Kucera and step mother, Stella Fuller. She grew up on the ranch outside Winifred with her mother, Doris, and in Winifred with her dad, Bert. She graduated from Winifred High School in 1954 and enrolled in the University of Montana in the fall. She joined Alpha Phi Sorority and attended the University for two years making friends and becoming a true Griz fan. There she was courted by Ed Argenbright and they were married in Winifred on June 30, 1956.

They were married for 61 years and were blessed with two sons, Mark Argenbright born in 1957 and Bret Argenbright born in 1962. Mark and his wife Kim live in Oklahoma City. They are parents of a daughter, Courtney Blaylock of Denton, Texas with grandson Nolan, and of two sons, Brayden Stacy and Jake Stacy of Oklahoma City. Bret and his wife, Cris, reside in Temecula, Calif., along with their two children, Audrey Argenbright and Sean Argenbright.

Betty’s brothers, Bob Fuller, Jim Fuller, and Richard Fuller preceded her in death. Jim’s wife, Jodie also passed away.  Sisters-in-law Athalie Fuller of Missoula, and Lois Fuller of Walla Walla, Washington survive. Numerous nieces and nephews, some greats, and some great-greats make up Betty’s family, which has been paramount in her life.

Betty’s married life included many moves and travels. She lived in and has driven cars licensed in counties with plate numbers including 8 (Fergus), 38 (Glacier), 46 (Granite), 40 (Sweet Grass), 51 (Jefferson), and 5 (Lewis and Clark). Out of state plates included France (U.S. military licenses), Texas, California, and Washington, D.C. During these moves she was the homemaker and mother, as well as a wage earner when her youngest son, Bret got into high school. Over the years she was an office manager for a sporting goods store, a bookkeeper for a furniture store and a receptionist for a dentist, as well as an optician for two optometry practices.

She was always a homemaker first, with an emphasis on her family and their well being. Activities such as camping, especially near the ocean, sports with special interest in those her sons participated in, and Grizzly games, whether Lady Griz basketball or football tailgating, were especially important to her. She was an excellent cook, and enjoyed both cooking as well as talking about it.

Her interests were also many and varied, with all contributing to her role as homemaker and mom. She enjoyed art, travel, sightseeing in the U.S. and Europe, reading, sewing, (embroidery), pottery and stained glass projects. She became an avid birder and participated in several Audubon birdathons, as well as traveling to see species around the country. She took two cruises in her life, one on a ship to Alaska, the other on a train across Canada.

Betty’s community activities included membership in the Order of the Eastern Star and she served as Worthy Matron in Big Timber. While living in Washington, D.C., she enjoyed volunteering at the Smithsonian. She was active in politics as a member of the Big Sky Tea Party and a county precinct member for the Lewis and Clark Republicans.

In her private way she touched many and will be missed by her family and friends. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memorials can be sent to St. Peters Hospital Hospice and Cancer Treatment Center, 2475 Broadway Helena MT 59601.

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