Posted: Aug 5, 2013 5:20 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
Updated: Aug 5, 2013 5:20 PM
HELENA - Montanans are continuing to mourn the loss of former first lady Betty Babcock, who died Sunday at the age of 91.
In a press release, Governor Steve Bullock (D) said, "Today, all Montanans are members of the Babcock family. Former First Lady Betty Babcock spent her life in public service and played an instrumental role in shaping Montana. Betty's legacy will always live in the Constitution she helped craft and the walls of the Montana Capitol Building she helped restore."
The governor has ordered the flags to fly at half-staff on Thursday in Babcock's memory.
Babcock will lie in state in the Capitol rotunda on Thursday, August 8, from 7 am - 2 pm; the public is invited to attend.
Babcock was not only fervent in her commitment to her husband, former Governor Tim Babcock, but she also left her own legacy.
She was a delegate to the 1972 Constitutional Convention, serving on the executive committee and drafting key portions of the state's Constitution.
In her later years, Babcock was instrumental in raising money to renovate the Capitol and also advocated for construction of a new facility for the Montana Historical Society.
Tim Babcock served as Montana's governor from 1962 to 1969; he took office when governor Donald Nutter died in a plane crash.
During a 2012 ceremony in Helena to honor the victims of the plane crash, Betty recalled, "Tim was sworn in as Governor and we were all in the Governor's Office and he looked over at me and said, 'You know I bet this is the only time that a Governor went into office crying.' We were all crying."