HELENA — Former Montana first lady Betty Babcock lay in state Thursday in the Capitol rotunda, with Montana Highway Patrol troopers serving as an honor guard.
She died in Helena on Sunday at the age of 91.
She was the wife of former Gov. Tim Babcock and also had a political career of her own. Betty Babcock served as delegate to the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention and as a member of the state House of Representatives in 1975. She helped lead efforts to restore the Montana Capitol and was a strong supporter of efforts to construct a new Montana Historical Society museum building.
The last time a Montana political figure lay in state in the Capitol was former Gov. Thomas L. Judge in 2006. His body lay in the former chambers of the Montana Supreme Court.
Babcock’s funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 512 Logan St. A reception will follow from noon to 4 p.m. at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel ballroom. Private burial will be held at a later date.