Today we lost our mother. Betty Lou Nicols, 66, of Bozeman passed away Feb. 23, 2008. She was born Jan. 27, 1942, in Minot, N.D., to Martin and Agnes Juelich. She was one of four children, and the only daughter.
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Because of the serious heart condition of their youngest son, the family moved to southern California for the climate. There she met Judy Hale and Carol Young who would remain close friends throughout her life.
We didn't have much family, but we always had each other and Mom was always the core. People would look at her tiny stature and wonder how we three big horse-people came out of her.
Betty left home at the age of 17 and began selling magazines on a crew that traveled all over the United States. She met and married John Satre and had three children.
Being the tough person she was, she left an abusive relationship and moved back to California with three young children. It was a struggle for sure, but she always let us know we were loved, and with her quirky ways and sense of humor, we never felt poor.
She also met her AA family and would have celebrated her 39th year of sobriety this summer. They were her friends and spiritual support and she loved them dearly, especially her sister, Ruby.
She moved to Montana to be near her kids and grandkids. She spent her last years living at Darlinton Manor, working part-time with the Red Cross. She will be very missed.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Bob and Byron.
Betty is survived by one brother, Ben (Maxine) Juelich of Minot, N.D.; her children, John Satre Jr. and Tim Satre of Bozeman; and Laurie (Josh) McNeal of Amsterdam. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Logan Satre Hilliard of Upland, Calif., Robby Melgren of Amsterdam, and Kyle and Summer Satre of Livingston.
No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements were in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 28, 2008