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Elizabeth Ann Zeiler

June 24, 1930 February 3, 2021
Elizabeth Ann Zeiler
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Obituary for Elizabeth Ann Zeiler

Elizabeth "Betty" was born in Powell, Wyoming on June 24, 1930 to Elizabeth and F.H. Bollenbeck. The family moved to Billings, Montana, while Betty was still young. She often spoke of her childhood experiences and vividly remembered the great flood in 1937, Billings worst natural disaster that put many in peril.

Betty went to St. Patrick’s elementary school and then on to Senior High School. After graduating, she met and married Ray Zeiler in December of 1949. Betty and Ray soon moved to the family farm west of Billings on Mullowney Lane where they farmed and raised cattle for many wonderful years. The pride and glory of Betty’s green thumb was her flower garden that she started from seeds and the patch of lush green lawn that encircled their home. During the winter months, a threaded needle kept her once nimble fingers busy as she created pieces of stitchery artwork that will be enjoyed for generations.

Ray passed away in 1993 and Betty remained tied to the plot of land on Mullowney Lane until 2012 when she took a leap of faith and moved to Beverly Hills, Michigan to be near her two children, Carolyn (Mike) Hefner and Stephen Zeiler (Karen, deceased), both residents of Beverly Hills. Her grandchildren were also able to enjoy her move to Michigan where the family would gather for holiday festivities. Her two grandsons, Christopher (Paige) Hefner and Patrick (Marissa) Hefner both currently live in the Denver area. Her two granddaughters, Sarah Zeiler also lives in Beverly Hills; Laura Zeiler lives in Boise, Idaho. All enjoyed their trips to the farm in Montana during their childhood years Those trips will serve as the best childhood memories! Betty’s Michigan home included a “farm room” sporting a pedal John Deere tractor and farm memorabilia so her two great grandsons, Michael Hefner and Ray Hefner, could relate to stories and lore of the Montana farm.

A graveside gathering will take place in Billings, Montana, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you raise a glass and make a toast to our dear matriarch. Cocktail time was one of Betty’s favorite parts of the day where the world’s problems were hotly debated, but rarely solved! Cheers and Godspeed!

A special note of thanks to Oakland Private Duty caregivers, Miranda and Teddi, who took such good care of our mother. We are forever grateful!


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