Betty Arlene Bradley passed away Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Bozeman, Montana. She was born to Vernon and Olivette Lang in Bozeman on May 3, 1927, on the family farm. She was a true native of Bozeman. Betty attended classes at Rea School until the 8th grade and then graduated from Gallatin High School in 1946. She then went on to classes at Montana State College and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics.
After graduating, she became a teacher in Home EC in Absarokee, Montana, from 1950 to 1952. She moved to Bridger, Montana, and was there as a teacher from 1952 to 1954.
Betty married Curtis Bradley on June 13, 1954. They lived on the Bradley farm for 12 years. She actively worked on the farm taking care of the cattle, chickens and pigs. Farming was very much a big part of her life and she never forgot it. Betty and Curtis built a new house in 1967 on an acre given to them by her father, Vernon Lang. She remained living there until her death.
She started working as a cook in 1970 at Bozeman Senior High in the lunch room. She was an excellent cook and baker. Betty was well liked by the faculty and students. She retired in 1986 from the school system.
Her next adventure was as a volunteer at Emily Dickinson Elementary School in 1992. She loved working for the kindergarten teacher and continued with that until her death, making a total of 24 years as a volunteer.
Her greatest joy was her family. Some of her favorite things were watching the farmers working the land and moving the cows. Up until the last few years, she was a wonderful cook and seamstress. She especially delighted in sewing doll clothes for her granddaughters. She also loved her lawn and flowers.
Betty was preceded in death by husband Curtis, brother Jack Lang and sister Marie Hill. She is survived by her sisters, Shirley Monforton and Phyllis Lavender; three children, Joy Zahl (Eric) of Spokane, Jan Bradley of Bozeman and Mitch (Sherri) Bradley also of Bozeman; and her four grandchildren, Brandon Zahl, Julianne Zahl, Cory (Bridget) Bradley, Melissa Bradley; and great-granddaughter, Adelyn Paige Bradley; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made in Betty's name to
, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or
, 911 W. 5th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204.
A celebration of Betty's life will be held at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. Reception immediately following at United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Jan. 22 to Jan. 27, 2016