Bette Juanita Thompson Cathro, age 90, of Broadus passed away on October 10, 2013 at the Tender Nest Assisted Living Home in Billings, with her family by her side.
Bette was born on June 19, 1923 in Pasco, WA to Mary Vaughn Winder and Clarence Thompson, the oldest of three children. She attended school in Ohio and Idaho graduating from high school in Twin Falls, ID in 1941.
Bette was working at a hotel in Twin Falls, ID as a clerk when she met Gordon Cathro at the County Fair in Filer, ID in 1941 and they were married in Tucson, AZ in 1942 where Gordon was taking naval training. Son Ronald Andrew Cathro was born September 1943 in Twin Falls, ID and daughter Susan Diane Cathro was born February 1950 in Long Beach, CA. Bette was a housewife and mother until she and Gordon divorced in 1966. At that time she went to work in the mail room at Long Beach Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, CA. When President Nixon was a patient at the hospital in 1974 Bette was the only person allowed to handle his mail.
In 1972 Bette met Carl Meyers and they spent many happy years together until his passing in 1990. After she retired she moved to Cherry Valley, CA to live with her brother Bob and help take care of their mother. After Mary’s passing in 1995 she continued living with her brother until moving to Broadus, MT in May 2007 to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. Susan was always the apple of her mother’s eyes, and loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Bette’s hobbies included gourmet cooking, baking (especially her famous cheesecake), gardening (especially her fruit trees, rose bushes and African violets), jigsaw puzzles (especially with her great granddaughter Melinda) and playing solitaire. She was an excellent seamstress and she loved making Christmas decorations. Christmas was Bette’s favorite time of year. She was also a Brownie/Girl Scout Leader in her daughter’s troop. She loved animals of all kinds (especially her brothers Kairn Terrier dogs), the LA Lakers, Christmas and ball room dancing. Bette also had a love for butterflies, acquiring quite the collections over the years. Bette and her son in law Johnny always enjoyed teasing each other often, creating many fun filled times of laughter sitting out on their deck.
In addition to her parents, Bette was preceded in death by her step father Bill Lund, a brother Clarence (Bob), a sister and brother-in-law Charlotte and Robert Van Engelen, son Ronald, her husband Gordon Cathro, and companion Carl Meyers. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Susan and Johnny Richards, grandson Michael Richards, granddaughter Michelle Richards, great granddaughter Melinda Lanning, niece Judy (Doug) Pollow, nephews Bill (Diane) Van Engelen, Gary (Pam) Van Engelen, Dave (Debbie) Van Engelen, John (Susan) Van Engelen, Dane and Nancy Meyers and Shelly and Steve Nemeth. She is also survived by special friend Shelly Mangen, a special little girl named Raegan, and her extended Montana family.
Services will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 11:00 am at Stevenson and Son’s Chapel in Broadus. A luncheon will follow at the VFW Hall. Interment will be held at a later date. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Powder River Manor, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Broadus, or Scramble For a Cure, c/o Tyler Gardner, 20 Gardner Road, Ashland, MT 59003. Should friends desire, condolences may be sent to the family by visiting:www.stevensonsonandsons.com.