Betty Frances Grant Chezum, age 82, of Miles City passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at her home.
Betty Francis Grant was born to Grace Barbara and William B. Grant in Forsyth, Montana November 22, 1926. She grew up in Forsyth, spending time at her Aunt Thelma and Uncle Harold Pope's ranch on Tongue River and her Aunt Gertrude and Uncle Melby's ranch in Dayton, Wyoming. Because her mother Grace made her living playing the piano for silent movies and events, Betty stood alone and sang the old songs with her beautiful alto voice. When her husband Dick Chezum met Betty, she was 17 and singing at a country dance. They were married and had Teri, Jerianne, Sherm, Mary Beth and Barbara.
When Betty and Dick first built their house on Moon Creek, the neighborhood consisted of old time bachelors in every direction. They all loved to come in for a visit and meal. Betty's home always had room for all and was a celebration of life. She loved the community and held many offices in the Moon Creek Cowbelles. Cowboy Polo Games were held many Sundays along with potluck meals and sandhills full of kids.
She was a fun loving mother. On stormy days we were allowed to build tent cities with blankets. Our Mother could sure read a story and make it come alive!
Betty is survived by her children: Teri (Glenn) Heitz of Terry, MT, Jerianne (Owen) Jones of Lakewood, CO; Sherman (Chris) Chezum of Miles City; Mary Beth (Myron) Kibler of Sand Springs, MT; and Barbara (Troy) Coyle of Park City, UT; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen Anderson of Ismay, MT and Margaret (Barney) Jones of Anchorage, AK; a step brother, Dale Grant of Denver, CO; and her step-mother Vivian Grant of Denver, CO; fourteen grandchildren, and twenty great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Chezum; and her parents, Bill Grant and Grace Shy.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 11:00 am at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 3:00 pm at the Knowlton Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com
Should friends desire memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City has been entrusted with the arrangements.