Betty Jean Pfeifer

Betty Jean (Heller) Pfeifer, 91, died of natural causes Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 at the Glacier Care Center in Cut Bank, Mont. Funeral mass was held Tuesday, Nov. 10, at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Cut Bank. Burial followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Betty was born Feb. 4, 1929 in Almena, Norton County, Kan., to Oscar Grant and Osa Merle (Boatman) Heller. She graduated with Honors from Almena High School at the age of 16. She attended Fort Hays State College in Hays, Kan., where she earned a provisional elementary education teaching license.  She taught for a short time in a country school outside Almena.  

Betty married Paul Edwin Pfeifer on June 23, 1947 in Hays. They were married 40 years before Paul passed Aug. 16, 1987. They were blessed with eight children – Rosanne Marie, Carol Ann, Julia Ann, Edwin Eugene, Shirley Ann, Patricia Ann, Peter, and Pauline Ann.  

  Besides loving her own children, Betty did childcare for many other children in the community before going to work at Safeway Foods. She then worked at Good & Tabaracci later known as Tabaracci & Wells Insurance and Real Estate until her retirement in 1999.

Betty enjoyed summers at Flathead Lake at the family cabin. She loved sewing, quilting, gardening, and making popcorn balls. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, St. Margaret’s Catholic Guild, Cut Bank Women’s Club, and the Pink Ladies. She enjoyed being a reading buddy at H.C. Davis Elementary School and especially enjoyed the Cut Bank Middle School Student Council having lunch with the residents at Glacier Care Center.

  She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and sister, Maxine Helen Bean; two sons; and son-in-law, Thomas M. Jones. She is survived by one brother, Donald (Carol Jean) Heller of Salina, Kan.; six daughters, Rosanne Jones of Polson, Carol Wadman of Billings, Julia (John) McCafferty of Belt, Shirley (Scott) Gage of Cut Bank,  Patricia (Thomas) Fleming of Fallon, NV, and Pauline “Sissy” Nygaard of Cut Bank; 18 grandchildren; and 31 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her grandsons James Fleming, Jared Gage, Blake Wadman, Michael Jones, Nolan Fleming, Ryan Gage, Paul Ray Fleming, Derek Wadman and Reid Gage. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. 

Condolences can be made to Betty’s memorial page at