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Betty Jo (Olmstead) Tripp

Died: Wed., Sep. 9, 2015

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., Sep. 19, 2015
Location: Florence-Carlton Community Church

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Stevensville - Betty Jo Olmstead Tripp, 85, of Stevensville, MT passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on September 9, 2015. Betty was born in Missoula on July 27, 1930 to Jennie and Arlie Olmstead. She was the youngest of 8 children. Betty’s father died when she was 12 years old. She graduated from Hellgate High School in 1948. She met Harry Tripp that same year and they were married Oct. 21, 1949. Betty and Harry raised their four children (Larry Dean, Darrel, Vickie and Sue) in the Missoula/Stevensville area. Betty was an accomplished and avid seamstress, quilter and knitter. Many young brides were married in one of her wedding dress creations. She also made many prom dresses. Most members of her family enjoy the warmth of one of her quilts or sweaters. She loved her time on the lake and was an exceptional water skier. Betty and Harry both loved to jitterbug and play pinochle and tried to teach all of their children to do both! Betty’s home was always open to her children’s (and grandchildren’s) friends. Betty’s legacy is her family- Larry Dean (Lorna) Tripp, Scobey, MT; Darrell (Lorie) Tripp, Missoula; Vickie (Greg) Chilcott, Stevensville; Sue (Randy) Stoos, Florence. She was very proud of her 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She also adored her many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Harry Tripp, and grandson Matt Wooldridge. A celebration of Betty’s life will be held on September 19th at 1:00 pm at Florence Carlton Church.

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Pat & Jim Pfau
   Posted Sun September 13, 2015
Our deepest condolences to Betty's family. She was a beautiful woman who loved her family and her husband Harry. We have great memories that will last forever. Rest in Peace Betty.

Gus Olmstead
   Posted Sun September 13, 2015
I am so sorry to hear about aunt Betty's passing. I know she will be missed by so many people. I can think back so many years when I was growing up and I can actually here her laughing. I enjoyed all the times we spent with her and uncle Harry in Stevensville. I just love to remember the good old days like that because there were just so many great memories then. I love you aunt Betty, God Bless You.

Cindy Kelly
   Posted Mon September 14, 2015
Sue, I am so sorry at the passing of your mom. She seems like a lovely lady, one with so much heart and love for her family and the simple things. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Punk and Jerry
   Posted Mon September 14, 2015
Larry Dean, Darrell, Vickie, and Sue - so sad to hear about Aunt Betty's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and your families.

Arnold and Vickie Vernon
   Posted Tue September 15, 2015
Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with you all. May your memories help your broken hearts heal. She left a great legacy in all of you that will live on for a long time. God Bless. 87

Judy Petersen
   Posted Tue September 15, 2015
Vicky, I will miss your Mothers sweet smile when I go to the Living Centre. My thoughts and prayers are with you. With sympathy, Judy Petersen

Patricia Randles
   Posted Sun September 20, 2015
Memories jogged when I read of Betty's passing. We went to Franklin School in Missoula together for two years. My grandparents, the Wiggins, lived on the corner of 5th & Catlin Sts. & I often walked home from school w/Betty to my grandparents' house & we played together. There were two bullies who attacked us on the way home trying to bury us in the deep snow banks along the road more than once. I thought her house across Catlin from my grandparent' was such a big house! I see we have the same likes - sewing, quilting, knitting & I, too, made many gowns for clients, & still sew & quilt, & knit. I have 4 children, 11 grands, & 26 greats. Condolences to the family & friends. Pat (Patty Wiggin)

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