Soon after hearing loving messages from family members present and from those far away, Betty Jo Carter passed away peacefully March 6th in Pascoag, Rhode Island.
Betty was born to George Joseph Bell and Lilla Etta Sibley on May 7, 1929, in Mobridge, South Dakota. The family soon moved to Montana, eventually to her father’s birthplace, Frenchtown, Montana, where she spent her early years and received her education.
She married Don L. Wilson and to that union a daughter was born. When the marriage ended Betty moved to work in Missoula. There she met and married University of Montana law school student Harley Willis Carter. Before receiving his degree a son was born, and upon graduation the couple and their two children moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.
In October of 1965, Betty began working at the Las Vegas headquarters for one of the largest savings banks in the region, First Western. Through intelligence, hard work, and productivity, she worked her way up from a low-level filing clerk position to senior management, and before retiring in December of 1997 as Senior Vice President she supervised human resources, administrative services, and security.
A fall with complications resulted in Betty moving to Rhode Island three years ago to be near her son and his family. She resided briefly in an assisted living facility then transferred to Overlook Nursing and Rehab in Pascoag, where she received excellent and attentive care for her multiple health issues.
Her final farewell statement was: “When you think of me, I want all of my wonderful friends and family members to remember the good times we had.”
Betty was preceded in death by her parents and 4 brothers. She is survived by her daughter and her son-in- law, Darla and Billy Trimble, of Marana, Arizona; her son and daughter-in- law, Gregg and Lisa Carter, of North Smithfield, Rhode Island; sister and brother-in- law, Patty and Boyd Henneman, of Polson, Montana; seven loving grandchildren, five great grandchildren, onegreat-great grandchild and many loving nephews and nieces and their children.
A small private family service will be held in Missoula, Montana at a later date.