Betty Bauer Clause, age 83, went to be with the Lord and her husband Roy on Saturday May 18, 2019.
She and her twin brother, Benny were born on April 26, 1936 in Elgin, N.D. to Edward and Anna Friesz. They were adopted by Ida and Herbert Bauer after Anna died giving birth.
Betty’s childhood was helping the family on the farm near Elgin, North Dakota. They had hard times due to sparse crops and very little work. With livestock and grain prices being low the payout was minimal. After years of struggling, the Bauer family moved to Sidney, Montana. Betty was about 15 years old at this time. Betty graduated from Sidney High School. While attending Sidney High School Betty also worked at a diner after school to help the family out. She continued working at the diner after graduation.
Betty decided that it was time to make a change and see the world. Her and a friend moved to Seattle where Betty went to work at a bank. After a few years she found herself in Billings, Montana working at a bank. This is where she met the love of her life, Roy Clause, and they were married on Dec. 17, 1960. She was a devoted and loving mother to her three children: Jock (Kathy), Shawn (Valerija) and Leon (Michelle).
Betty was the best mom any child could have asked for. She always had food on the table and more importantly, Betty supported her boys in everything they were involved in. Betty enjoyed collecting spoons and decorative plates, sewing and crocheting, and she loved to bake and cook and she was always up for the challenge of a new recipe. She was always quick to throw big birthday parties to celebrate each and every special day. She also liked to raise chickens, geese, turkeys and ducks and when it was time to butcher them, Betty and Grandma Marie worked from dawn to dusk.
Betty was a very supportive wife and partner, she did whatever it took to help Roy in all of their personal and business endeavors and they were very successful. She was also very supportive of all her relation and friends, she was like a rock, through hard times and good Betty was someone you could count on.
Betty also tried to stay engaged and involved with her community and her church. She belonged to the Ballantine Churches Ladies Aide organization and was always involved with their activities to help the community.
She was a loving grandmother to Corina, Joshua, Trystan, Dillon, Jerimy, Eric, Michael, Alisha, Madison, Tyler, Alyssa and Jarrod and to her 17 great grandchildren.
Betty was a very special grandma. She had a gift for bringing joy to others each and every day. Betty had an understanding heart, a gentle thoughtful way, a sunny, kind smile, a patience others could count on and a warm unselfish way. She has a place within our hearts that no one else can fill. She is the best mom and grandma anyone could ask for and we love her and always will.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Ida Bauer; her biological parents Edward and Anna Friesz; husband Roy; Brother Benny and Eugene; sisters Shirley, Darlene, Lorraine and Gladys.
Survivors include her sisters Leah, Cherrie, Edna and Luella; brother Clifford; her sons Jock (Kathy), Shawn (Valerija) and Leon (Michelle); her grandchildren Corina, Joshua, Trystan, Dillon, Jerimy, Eric, Michael, Alisha, Madison, Tyler, Alyssa and Jarrod and 17 great grandchildren. Mom, grandma, great grandma, sister and aunt you will always be in our thoughts. We love you and we miss you.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, on May 25th at Bullis Funeral Chapel in Hardin. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Hardin, followed by a reception at Cherry Creek Community Center, 1955 Cherry Creek Loop in Billings. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.