Betty Louise Liebelt

Betty Louise Liebelt, age 86, went to be with the Lord on January 18, 2017 at the Holy Rosary Extended Care in Miles City.

Betty and her twin brother Raymond were born on October 13, 1930. Raymond always hated it when Betty teased him that she was 20 minutes older. They were born in Hammond, Indiana to Gertrude and AJ Marsh. When she was 5 years old they moved to Shelby, Indiana where she attended school.

When Betty was 14 she got her first job at a gas station/convenience store. One day a man stopped at the store and asked Betty to put some oil in his car. Betty, not knowing where to put the oil, poured it all over the motor. Closing the hood she said “there you go and have a nice day”. She never did learn where the oil went in a car.

Betty was 15 when her cousin Rena came to her and said “come to Montana with me. You have a lot of relatives you have never met”. So Betty packed up and got on a train and made the long trip to Montana. She moved to Fairview where she worked in a restaurant and had her own apartment and enjoyed meeting all the Montana relatives.

One day she was babysitting for her cousin Lucy Liebelt when Lucy’s brother-in-law Elmer came to help work the sheep. One thing led to another and Elmer and Betty were married on May 3, 1947. They were married 67 years. They lived in Savage, MT where they had two daughters, Gloria and Deborah.

In 1950 Elmer got the job with the Montana Highway Department and they moved to the Flowing Wells. The day they moved there was a big snow storm and they had to shovel snow out of the house before Elmer could go plow snow on the highway and Betty and the two girls stayed in the one room house with no heat and no lights. (They forgot to bring kerosene for the lamp.) So began their life at the Flowing Wells. During their time there 3 more joined the family: Bryan, Audrey and Mary.

They later moved to Sidney, then Glendive and finally Miles City. Betty was the Flowing Wells rest area caretaker for many years. While in Sidney she was a cook at the school, housekeeper at a hotel and a CNA at the hospital. In Glendive she was a housekeeper at the hospital. Betty and Elmer were maintenance and janitors at the Lutheran Churches in Sidney and Glendive. She enjoyed traveling to visit family. Betty spent the last few years at the Extended Care at Holy Rosary Hospital. She loved her time there and always had a full dish of candy for the CNA’s and Nurses. She loved to play bingo and she won a lot of stuffed animals for the grandkids to play with when they came to visit. Betty loved to crochet; you never saw Betty without a crochet hook and yarn in her hands. She was proud of the ribbons that she won at the fair for her crochet items.

She is survived by her children Bryan (Sheila Cramer), Riverton, UT, Audrey Bruckner, Miles City, MT and Mary (David) Denowh, Machesney, IL; her grandchildren Holly (Shane) Harbaugh, Lee (Charlotte) Billing, Ajay (Sally) Liebelt, Scott (Rebekah) Denowh, Joe Denowh and Matthew Liebelt; her great-grandchildren Chantel (Bill) Brooks, Skylar Harbaugh, Ashlie Liebelt, Brittany Liebelt, Brooke Garnes, Kendra Garnes, Jakob Denowh and Madelyn Denowh.; her great-great-grandchildren Edward Brooks, Shayna Brooks and Jaxson Harbaugh; one son-in-law Donald Pawlowski, sisters-in-law Christina Marsh and brother-in-law Chad Mellinger. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years Elmer; 2 daughters Gloria Billing and Deborah Pawlowski; 2 sons-in-law Joe Bruckner and Randy Billing; her parents; three brothers Raymond, Clifford and Harry; 2 sisters Mary Alice Shinkle and Anna Marie Marsh; sisters-in-law Ada Marie, Betty, Virginia, Elsie, Alvinia, Bertha, Evelyn, Esther, Lydia, Dolly and Lucy; brothers-in-law Charlie, Alex, Arnold, Albert, Emil, Bob, Bill and several nieces and nephews.

A family to receive friends will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2016 from 4-6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will follow in Custer County Cemetery. Condolences to the family may be sent by visiting

If desired, donations may be made to Holy Rosary Extended Care for Bingo games, because Betty loved to play Bingo.