January 10, 1918 – December 23, 2012
“For Everything There is a Season”
MALTA-Betty H. Ulrich, 94, passed away peacefully in Malta, MT on Sunday, December 23, 2012.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday, December 26th, at 7:00 P.M. at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel in Malta. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 27, at 11:00 A.M. at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel in Malta. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com. Kirkwood Funeral Home in Malta is in charge of arrangements.
Betty Marie Hardin was born January 10, 1918, in Malta, MT, joining her parents Floyd W. and Isabella “Bella” (Cruikshank) Hardin, and sister Mae. Betty’s childhood was spent on the Hardin/Cruikshank Ranch 63 miles South of Malta. Having no brothers, Betty and Mae were the designated hired men, thus acquiring enviable ranching and horseback riding skills on the open range and loving every minute of it. Stomping rattlesnakes with her boot heel caused her to be dubbed “Rattlesnake Red”. Betty attended the Malta Schools graduating in 1935 as valedictorian. She then furthered her education at the Chillicothe Business College in Missouri.
Returning to Montana in 1936, Betty’s first position was with a Department of Justice attorney and then as a Farm Security Administration Project Clerk (Resettlement Program) at Wagner, MT. She left Malta and worked in the Statistical Dept. of Los Angeles Examiner Newspaper. “True love” entered the picture resulting in her marriage to Rex D. Ulrich on October 13, 1939. Rex & Betty moved to Denver for the winter where Betty was employed by Farm Security Administration and Rex attended a vocational industrial school. The spring of 1940 saw Rex & Betty returning to Montana where Rex was employed on the County road crew. Daughter Sharon Kay soon joined them in 1940 followed by sibling Henry Clinton “Buster” in 1942. While Rex worked construction jobs and trapped skunks, Betty helped Clara Taylor cook for the road crew @ “Hog Ranch” South of Malta. During World War II, Betty did public stenographer work from home and part time work in various offices in the Courthouse, Bureau of Reclamation and AAA office. In addition, she took in sewing and did alterations for Marguerite’s Dress Shop in Malta. With the children in school, Betty’s diversified employment career continued ~ Bureau of Land Management clerk, owner of Harry’s Confectionery, P.C. Hospital secretary, James T. Harrison Law Office, and the first full time Malta High School secretary.
In 1961, she returned back to her roots ~ Rex and Betty purchased the Hardin/Cruikshank ranch where they happily resided until Rex’s failing health forced the sale of ranch in 1971. They then moved to Malta, purchasing a home & traveling to Arizona in the winters. Rex passed away October 2, 1975. The year 1976 brought a new career in real estate for Betty. She worked with Mangis Realty and Holiday Realty, Inc. until becoming broker-owner of B. H. Ulrich Realty. She was the first female realty broker in Phillips County. Betty sold her business in 1993 and elected to claim her well deserved retirement at the age of 80.
In addition to an extensive work career, Betty was an active member of the Little White Church as a youth leader of Pilgrim Fellowship, Sunday school teacher and treasurer. She belonged to the Order of the Easter Star, Order of the Moose, was a charter member of the BPW (serving as District Director and State officer); and served as staff planner for the P.C. Planning Board. Interests included playing whist/pinochle, crocheting, playing button accordion and listening to high school sports’ broadcasts.
Although Betty had a very full career and life, she always had time to spend with her beloved grandchildren camping, hunting and fishing. Her greatest joy was time with her family and friends.
Betty will be missed by daughter Kay (Donnie) Hould, son Clint Ulrich; grandchildren David (Brenda) Rummel, Blayne (Barb) Rummel, Lesa (Shey) Williamson, Scott (Sissley) Ulrich; 18 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren; nephews Bill Bibeau, Dick (Colleen) Bibeau, Ken (Lana)Ulrich, Jimmy Lee (Anneta) Ulrich, Doug Ulrich; sister-in-law Audrey Ulrich; step brothers Palmer (Shirley) Scott, Duane (Esther) Scott, Ron (Cindy) Scott, Ed (Kathleen) Scott, step sister Pat (Don) Black, step-grandchildren Becky Hould Bruce, Bruce (Linda) Hould, Dennis Hould, Pat Hould, Kathy (Mike) Iannacchione and numerous step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Preceding her in death were her husband Rex, parents Floyd and Bella Hardin, sister Mae Bibeau, brothers-in-law Roger Ulrich, Loren “Dumps” Ulrich, Kenneth Ulrich, Ray Bibeau, nephew Dale Ulrich, and step-mother Emma Hardin.
Memorials may be made to Little White Church, Phillips County Historical Society or memorial of your choice.
From: Charles and Barbara Davis
We were sadden to learn of Betty's passing. What wonderful memories we have of her beautiful smile and her love of life. Betty will be missed by all who had the pleasure of calling her "friend'. Charles and Barbara Davis. Atlanta, Ga.
From: Jerry L. Pokarney
Ken - My deepest sympathies
Jerry L. Pokarney
From: Edna Hardin
What a lady!!! When going to Malta, I never missed visiting her. Always active, fun and interesting and definitely made a mark in the world in many different areas. She was a joy for our family, and definitely for my Mother, Frazie Quigley Ulrich.
From: Babes Crasco
My condolences to Kay and all her family, and to Clint and his family. She (Betty) was a true Montana lady, kind, handy, hard working and a ready smile. Her many years at the school made her friends with too many people to count, but she was always handy and always seemed to fix things. Time for her and Rex to go exploring again. Her season is done, and we shall all miss her
From: Suzie (Black) Thomas
To Betty's Family:
I am one of Emma Hardin's grand daughters. When I heard of Betty's passing, I remembered what a kind lady she was! I loved spending time with my grandma in the summer, and I still think of her everyday. Sometimes we would visit with Betty and Rex. I was just a little girl, but will remember her fondly. God's Blessings to all of you. Suzie (Pat Black's youngest daughter)