Betty L. (Oberhofer) Johnson, long-time resident of Missoula, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Oct. 16, 2008. She battled breast cancer and had "licked it" for many years before its recent recurrence.
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Betty was born Dec. 29, 1932, in Miles City, to Ludwig Oberhofer and Alice (Lilienthal) Oberhofer. There she graduated from high school, participating in plays and winning the state doubles tennis championship. She moved to Missoula to attend The University of Montana following high school and, drawn to the Garden City, called Missoula her home for the rest of her life. There she raised her three children, Kathy, Cindy, and Dan.
Betty was an avid athlete and outdoors person. She loved tennis and worked with others to set up the Missoula Tennis Association to encourage her love for this sport among other amateur players. She enjoyed sharing her love for biking, camping, cross-country skiing, and golf with family and friends.
She was a very hard worker, spending her career with the U.S. Forest Service as a cartographer until retiring. She was proud of her part in producing the forest maps used on so many family outings. She was also an active member of First Lutheran Church, where she donated time to charitable activities and the construction of the new church.
Betty is survived by her brother, Jim Oberhofer (spouse, Darlene) of Bozeman; her children, Kathy Mohar (spouse, John) of Troy, Cindy Ramsey (spouse, Leonard) of Bozeman and Tanzania, East Africa, and Dan Johnson (spouse, Michelle) of Minneapolis, Minn.; grandchildren, Laura and Ian Mohar, Benjamin (spouse, Jeni) and Joshua (spouse, Candace) Ramsey, and Cheree (spouse, Jordan) Kronquist, Michael and Terry Johnson; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Samuel Ramsey; as well as very special nieces and nephews. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren treasure their many happy times and adventures with Grandma.
She is preceded in death by her father, Ludwig; mother, Alice; stepmother, Eva; and brother, Lanny (spouse, Donna).
Betty will be deeply missed by all who have been touched by her life, especially her family in whom she invested her life, love and wisdom.
A family memorial celebration is planned for the spring.
The family suggests memorials to Friends of the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, 4567 Wildfowl Lane, Stevensville, MT 59870; or to First Lutheran Church, 2808 South Ave. W., Missoula, MT 59804.
Garden City Funeral Home
1705 West Broadway
Missoula, MT 59808
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 21, 2008