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Elizabeth Kaufman

Elizabeth J "Betz" Kaufman

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 - Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
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Obituary

Elizabeth “Betz” Kaufman went to the Lord on January 16, 2019. Betz was born in Glendive, MT on October 30, 1932 to Granville and Cordelia Russell. She joined three sisters and a brother. Together the family lived and operated a dairy farm in Glendive. Being the baby of the family, she probably let her mother and siblings do the majority of the work while she rode her horse Sailor.
Betz met Iven Kaufman, the love of her life, and promptly married him on April 30, 1954. The two of them worked hard at their first business, a Standard Gas Station. Soon the children came. She likes to tell people that she had 4 kids in 3 ½ years (no twins of course)! Following the four rapid succession kids came two more for a total brood of six. The family moved to Missoula in 1966 and settled into life.
Mom’s greatest joys in life was her faith in God and her family. A husband and six children can be a handful and didn’t come without some major ups and downs which she handle with the grace of an angel… because only a true angel of God could manage this bunch! She was very active in her church and took great pride in singing for the St. Francis choir. Mom enjoyed work, from her first job for a dentist in Glendive to her last where she worked for 21 ½ years and retired from Smurfit-Stone Container. While working, she was able to excel at her talent to make people happy. The “mill family” became an extension of her own family. There are so many things that mom took pride in doing throughout her life, she was humble and kind and took every day on with a smile and the determination to make each day great.
With so much chaos around family life, mom knew how to keep things light. She found so many ways to laugh and put a smile on your face. She taught us that putting laughter in your life is good for the soul. Anyone who visited with mom would get to hear her favorite jokes... if you've heard the Dairy Queen, Pillsbury Doughboy, and Burger King jokes, you are smiling now at the thought of her telling them.
Mom taught us so many things. How to be kind, caring, generous, loving and compassionate. She also showed us how to be strong through life’s difficulties. She taught us this not by telling us, but by showing us all of these things. She was a great teacher of life.
Mom is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Marie, Genevive, and Arthur, her husband, Iven and daughter Cheryl. She is survived by her sister Rosemary, children, Rodney, Steve (Joni), Craig (Carol), Audrey, and Bryon, her grandchildren, Deana, Kelley Jo, Stephen, Cassandra, Aaron, Joshua, Little Christopher, Kelsey, Erika, Keith, and Big Christopher, 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews as well as several favorite cat Mr. T and furry grand pets. She loved all of her family with all of her heart.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 | 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 7:00pm
    Location
    St. Francis Xavier Church
    Address
    420 Pine St.
    MISSOULA, MT
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 24th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Thursday, January 24th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    St Francis Xavier
    Address
    420 Pine St
    MISSOULA, MT
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Emily E.

Posted at 02:25pm
Dear family of Miss Elizabeth. I am very sorry fir your Loss . May there have been many happy memories that you can look back on to bring joy to your hearts . Please be assured that there is comfort to be found in the Loving and Caring words from God at Acts24:15 and Revelation 21:4.
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Don McGee

Posted at 06:57am
Audrey & family, Cannot overstate my gratitude for your Mom's gentle ways, infectious smile and birthing you which ultimately lead to an hole-in-one!
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Emily E.

Posted at 09:41pm
I extend my condolences to the family. May your hearts be comforted in knowing that there is a beautiful Promise that God gave to Miss Elizabeth. This Promise is written in His Holy Word the Bible at Acts 24: 15 and John 11:25. Those words tells us that God has Miss Elizabeth in His Loving Memory and He will not forget her.
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Lorna Buss

Posted at 09:23pm
Betz was such a wonderful person and cared deeply for everyone. I will cherish the time spent working with her out the the mill office. Her memory will never be forgotten and she will definitely be missed. My heartfelt prayers go out to all of you.
Lorna Buss
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Kristy Kramer

Posted at 01:13pm
She was a special lady. I very much appreciated how welcomed she made me feel. I am very saddened to see she has passed, she will be very much missed.
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Elizabeth "Betz" and Iven Kaufman, April 30, 1954
Betz, always a ray of sunshine!
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