Betty Davidson

Betty Davidson, 98, passed away July 17, 2017 peacefully at her home -- The Villa Assisted Living. Mom was born on May 10, 1919 in Anaconda to John Philip and Mary (Gotthardt) Crutcher. Her family then moved to Helena where she graduated from Helena High in 1937. An interesting note of her high school years was she attended classes in railroad cars after the high school building was destroyed in the earthquake of 1935. After high school, she worked as a baker at Eddy’s Bakery. At this time she was attending night school to learn how to be a bookkeeper. The owner of the company discovered her talent for numbers. She was promoted into the bookkeeping department where she was in charge of all of the Idaho division. 

During World War II, she happened to run into one of her friends from high school who was home on leave. Four months later Clarence Gilchrist Davidson and Betty were married at a simple church wedding in Helena. 

They moved frequently with dad’s jobs. He was working on several projects throughout the state. They settled down in their hometown of Helena when Clarence Philip, their first child arrived, followed by Ross and then Jim. 

Betty was a devoted mom to these three boys. She was a stay at home mom until dad took a promotion in Billings where he became manager of Cairds. When the boys were in school, she went back to work at Yellowstone Hydraulics. She had just gotten back to work when she was surprised to learn she was going to have their last child, Suzie. 

Again the family moved back to Helena and mom eventually went back to work at Eddy’s Bakery.  

Dad always had a dream of owning his own business. After looking for several years the dream became a possibility. They bought Green Acres Trailer Court in Lewistown in 1971.  With mom’s bookkeeping skills, they tightened their belts and turned it into a successful business. 

After retiring in 1983, they moved to “The Blackford Farm” on upper Cottonwood Creek west of Lewistown. That became home until dad passed away in 1989. Shortly after, mom moved to the new Fountain Terrace in Lewistown. She was one of the first residents there. Fountain Terrace was home to her for many years, before moving to The Villa Assisted Living in 2012.

Mom lived a full life devoting herself to many organizations including:  Soroptimists, Chamber of Commerce, Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and the Pink Ladies of Central Montana Medical Center. Mom’s involvement in these groups resulted in her holding a variety of officer positions. Her dedicated services also lead her to becoming a District Officer in Soroptimist International. 

Mom had many great qualities that will be missed. She took great pride in giving back to her community and organizations she believed in. She will be remembered for her heart of gold. Mom’s kindness, selflessness and positivity was radiated to everyone she came in contact with, whether it was her family, friend, neighbor or stranger.  She was never one to complain and always put others before herself. 

Betty is survived by her two sons, Phil of Gardiner, Mont., and Jim (Lois) of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; daughter, Suzie Uhler (Dale) of Moccasin, Montana; grandchildren, Meghan Rubidge (Sean) and their child Nolan of Gillette, Wyoming, Amanda Davidson of Denver, CO, Caleb Uhler of Lewistown, and Jordan Pyrah (Orrin) of Billings; along with several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence of 45 years; her parents; son, Ross; and her three siblings: June, John and Doug. 

We would like to thank the staff at the Villa Assisted Living for their loving care.

A Celebration of Betty’s Life will be held Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church with reception following. Memorials can be made to CMMC Hospice of Lewistown or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Betty’s friends and family can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.

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