Betty Mae (Flesch, Fauque) Snyder passed away surrounded by family on Nov. 9, 2019, in Helena, at the age of 85. A Mass and celebration of Betty Mae’s life is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., on Monday, Nov. 25, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Billings.
Betty Mae was born on March 24, 1934, in Lewistown, to Norma and Norbert Flesch. She grew up in Shelby, where she graduated high school. She met her husband, Verne Fauque, in Missoula, where she later attended school at UM. They had their first child, Jo Mae, in Missoula before moving to the Baltimore area, where Laura and Alan were born. The family moved to Santa Barbara in 1959, where they spent many happy years until Verne passed away.
She moved with her children back to Shelby where she met Ray Snyder. When they married, she blended with stepchildren William, Gene, Barbara and Fred, along with many step-grandchildren. Betty Mae learned to proficiently drive over-the-road semis and gravel trucks during this time. Ray passed away in 1994.
Betty Mae lived in Billings for 48 years, beginning in 1971, and was active in her church, bridge and home extension. She was always ready for fun and playing any type of game with family and friends. Always an animal lover, she raised several dogs and enjoyed horseback rides in the backcountry. Her music appreciation lasted throughout her life and will be carried on through generations. She will be forever remembered for her strength, will and faith.
Betty Mae was a fierce advocate for her family and cherished friends. Her love, stalwart support, humor and powerful personality will be greatly missed.
Betty Mae is survived by her three children, Jo Mae Burns (Jeffrey), Laura Clark (Michael) and Alan Fauque (Roxanne); her grandchildren, David Irvin, Tiffany Stores (Jeff), Jenna Clark (Michael Sanders), Kaci Gibbons (Matthew), Spencer Clark (Amanda Miller), Carson Fauque (Chelsey) and Emily Lichte (Kyle Czech); her great-grandchildren, Jordyn Irvin (Breanna Kirby), Marcus Irvin, Damon Irvin, Brock Stores, Hayden Stores, Elsie Mae Sanders, Norman Sanders, Jack Gibbons, Jaydin Fauque; and her great-great-grandchild, Kamden Irvin. She is also survived by her beloved dog, Zavi.
Betty Mae is preceded in death by her husband, Verne; her second husband, Ray; and her parents.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Bernard for the Teenage Youth Group or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel Billings and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.