Betty Babcock

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Betty Lee Babcock
First Lady of Montana
In office
January 25, 1962 – January 6, 1969
Preceded by Maxine Trotter Nutter
Succeeded by Margaret Evelyn Samson Anderson
Personal details
Born (1922-05-11)May 11, 1922
Aplington, Iowa, U.S.
Died August 4, 2013(2013-08-04) (aged 91)
Helena, Montana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Tim M. Babcock (1941-2013) (her death)

Betty Lee Babcock (May 11, 1922 – August 4, 2013) was an American businesswoman, politician, and the wife of the Governor of Montana Tim M. Babcock. She served as the First Lady of Montana from 1962 to 1969 and as a member of Montana House of Representatives from 1975 to 1977.

Born in Aplington, Iowa, Betty Lee moved to Montana at a young age. Lee went to Dawson Community College. On September 21, 1941, she married Tim M. Babcock who joined her father's trucking business which later became: Babcock & Lee. She managed a hotel, restaurant, and convention center. In 1962, Tim Babcock became governor upon the death of Governor Donald Nutter. Babcock served in the Montana Constitutional Convention of 1972 and then in 1975 served in the Montana House of Representatives as a Republican. In 1978, Babcock and her husband wrote: 'Challenges: Above & Beyond.'

Babcock died in Helena, Montana on August 4, 2013 at the age of 91.[1][2] Governor Steve Bullock ordered all U.S. and state flags in Montana to fly at half staff until August 8 in Mrs. Babcock's memory.[3]


  1. ^ Johnson, Charles (5 August 2013). "Former First Lady Betty Babcock dies". Helena Independent Record. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Banks, Marnee (4 August 2013). "Former Montana first lady Betty Babcock passes away at 91". Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
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