Posted: Aug 8, 2013 5:09 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
Updated: Aug 8, 2013 5:10 PM
HELENA - People were able to pay tribute to former Montana first lady Betty Babcock on Thursday.
She was the wife of Tim Babcock, who served as Montana's governor from 1962 to 1969; she passed away on Sunday at the age of 91.
Her body was lying in state in the Capitol rotunda on Thursday.
Montana Highway Patrol Troopers stood guard as the Montana flag covered her casket.
Governor Steve Bullock ordered flags to fly at half-staff in memory of Babcock.
The last time a political figure's body lay in state in the Montana's Capitol rotunda was in 1962 after governor Donald Nutter died in a plane crash.
Babcock's husband took office right after that.
Babcock was not only fervent in her commitment to her husband, but she also left her own legacy.
She was a delegate to the 1972 Constitutional Convention, serving on the executive committee and drafting key portions of the state's Constitution.
In her later years, Babcock was instrumental in raising money to renovate the Capitol and also advocated for construction of a new facility for the Montana Historical Society.
Her funeral will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Helena.