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Betty Jean Swenson

Betty Jean Swenson    Memorial services for Betty Jean Swenson, age 85, of Conrad and formerly of Choteau, were held at 11 a.m., April 23 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Choteau. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gorder Funeral Home of Choteau and private family interment services will be held at the Choteau Cemetery.
    Betty was born February 24, 1922 in Saco, the daughter of Roy H. and Julia (Taylor) Lovall. She moved with her parents to Canyon City, Colo., and attended school there and in Saco. She returned to Saco for a time and graduated from high school at Mount Ellis Academy in Bozeman in 1939.
    She moved to Walla Walla, Wash., where she attended college and earned a Bachelors degree in education in 1942.  She then moved to Glendale, Calif., where she took nurses training at the Glendale Hospital and worked as a Registered Nurse. She lived in Los Angeles and then moved to Great Falls in 1947 and worked as a nurse at the Great Falls Clinic.
    She taught school at Whitlash for one year and then moved to Choteau. She was the Teton Public Health Nurse in Choteau from 1955 until retiring in 1977.  She married Lawrence Swenson in Choteau on August 30, 1957.  She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and past President of the Choteau Soroptimists. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
    She loved bowling, playing bingo and working in her yard. Her grandchildren were a very special part of her life.  She was known as a very caring, loving and generous person who touched many lives.
    She is survived by a daughter, Judy (Frank) Haun of Fremont, Calif. and Kim (Gary) Wiest of Brady; 4 grandchildren: Lance Haun, Brandt (Brenda) Haun, all of Calif., Whitney Taylor Wiest (and fiancé, Kyle Mielke) and Chisum Jerry Wiest, all of Brady; and 1 great grandchild: Tyler Haun of Calif.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lawrence; 3 sisters: Louella Lovall, Julia Lovall and Mary Lovall; and 2 brothers: Francis “Fritz” Lovall and Louis “Lou” Lovall.
    Memorials are suggested to the Teton Nursing Home; Pondera Medical Center Long Term Care; the Trinity Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.