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Betty Lou Skare, 94

| July 5, 2023 2:00 AM

Mrs. Betty Skare of Columbia Falls, passed away June 24th 2023 at Logan Care Center in Whitefish. She was 94 years old. Betty was born and raised in Barrett, Minnesota. She and her twin sister Beverly were born to Ella and Carl Waugh on Dec. 31, 1928. They also had an older brother Harvey Waugh. In 1947 she met Orlin Skare at a local roller-skating rink. They married September 18, 1948 in Barrett. They raised 5 children, Mike (Margie) Skare of Polson MT, Don Skare, Debbie (Tom) Hamilton, Gene (Dianna) Skare all of Columbia Falls, Marcia (KC) Lane of Casper, WY and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

In 1964, after years of farming in Barrett, they moved the family to Columbia Falls where they remained and many of the family members still do.

Betty was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Orlin, in January of 2018; twin sister, Beverly; and brother, Harvey.

Betty was very fond of sewing, especially for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, baking, and gardening. She also worked at the Hungry Horse News for 16 years.

She was happy to express to her physicians, that she was a “strong Norwegian woman” when they commented on her age. Memorial Service was Monday, July 3, 2023 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Columbia Falls. Interment will take place privately at Glacier Memorial Gardens in Kalispell. To send online condolences, please visit

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