Betty Jo Carter

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Betty Jo Naylor Carter, loving wife, mother, motherin-law, grandmother, greatgrandmother, and friend, passed on to Heaven May 18, 2018 at the age of 91. She is survived by her husband of 72 1/2 years, Johnnie; sons, Tom, Ted (Ren ee) and Jack; daughters, Neta, Joan (Terry) Gill and preceded in death by Nola; grandchildren, Bret (Kim), Angie (Sebastian), Bart, Brian (Kristen), Greg, Ryen (Greg), Erik (Deena), Jess (Stacey), Ty, Colt (Laura), Beau, Josey (Dallas); and great-grandchildren, Gaige, Kaden, Jackson, Issac, Grey, Aiden, Land, Loryn, Lettie, and Marit complete her family.

Betty was born in St. Johns, Ontario, Canada, May 6, 1927. The Deerfield area west of Lewistown was home for her during her early years, attending the area county school and Warm Spring School for eighth grade. High school in Lewistown, staying with her aunt and later with family friends, was memorable. She wrote, “A dollar bought a coke and a movie ticket and a quarter paid for swimming at 25 cents Charlie’s!”

While roller skating at the Civic Center, Betty picked up a piece of gum on her skate. She sat down to clean it off when along came a fella and offered to help. The fella, Johnnie Carter! They dated on and off and that summer she asked her Dad to drive her out to Everson, 18 miles north of Denton, to meet his parents, Ralph and Sarah. The next Dec. 27, 1945, John and Betty were married in Lewistown. Living in the country surrounded by wonderful neighbors and socializing through picnics, card parties and square dancing at the community halls enriched their lives.

They had a big family fast; six children five years and under! Bernice Quick saved them by working for them 18 months. Betty stated, “We had healthy children and energy to get us through our days.” The children attended Lincoln School on the Everson Bench. Mom was happy she only experienced one flat tire and one time running out of gas during the 14 mile trip to and from this oneroom schoolhouse.

Johnnie’s parents lived across from the city park and the three pools and that was our playground while our mother ran errands or completed scheduled appointments.

The family moved into their new home in 1960, one block from the school. Six kids out the door before the bell and six kids returned again for lunch. These days full with sports, friendships, proms, homecomings, and tournaments were eventful. Betty could handle the pace calmly. She even had time to complete the four seasons oil paint-by-number pictures to hang in the dining room.

Travels to the Berkeley Pit, Helena, Livingston, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Arizona and Alaska added adventurous days for John and Betty.

Their 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated at our Flathead Lake property the summer of 1995. Great friends joined with the family, sharing in food and fun with beach games. These photos will glow a little deeper now.

Mom’s surprise 75th birthday party was at The Willow Tree, a home redecorated by Joan and Terry. Hats were worn and a luncheon was shared by her special friends, closing out the party with the Doris Day hit of, “Whatever Will Be, que sera sera.”

Denton Methodist Church was a special place for her. She played the piano often; up until she was 89. Through the years, Betty engaged in her share of serving cookies, doing dishes and cleaning the classrooms. Hanging in the fellowship hall is a picture of Jesus with a lamb that she wanted the congregation to view often. Serving the community, she was the one who would share a homemade cookie and a bouquet of flowers to those in the nursing homes. She had a quiet, special way of letting them know they mattered. Her bond with people through Circle Love, Eastern Star, and Nile brought joy to Johnnie and Betty.

Johnnie’s love and concern for Betty was special. He would say, “Take care of her first and ask if she needs anything” before he would fall asleep. He now says, “I miss her, but am grateful she is at peace now in Heaven.”

Thank you, Hospice nursing staff for coming out and caring for our dear Mother. Your kindness and concern stays with us in appreciation.

In que sera, sera the future’s not ours to see, whatever will be will be.

God sees. God knows. God moves.

When someone who is loved departs, they will live and laugh and be with us in memories of love.

A Memorial Service for Betty will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the Denton Methodist Church. Inurnment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Denton Ambulance Fund, Denton Endowment or CMMC Hospice.

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

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