The Billings Outpost

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Eickelberg

Elizabeth “Betty” Wilcox Eickelberg, 96, an active volunteer who had been an assistant to the registrar at Rocky Mountain College, died Sunday, June 10, 2012.

She was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1915, to Jay and Bernice Augustine. After graduating from high school in Minneapolis, she attended Carleton College and then graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She taught for two years in Onalaska, Wis.

On June 16, 1939, she married Russell Wilcox. They raised three daughters. In 1955, they moved to Billings and opened the Wilcox Travel Agency. Mr. Wilcox died in 1979.

She taught kindergarten in her home for many years and then in 1966 went to work at Rocky Mountain College as assistant to the registrar, retiring in 1986.

She was one of the original volunteers at the Alberta Bair Theater; she delivered Meals on Wheels for many years and volunteered at Deaconess Hospital and Global Village. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church and the bell choir, the Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society, RSVP and a charter member of the Flaming Arrow Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.

On Oct. 10, 1987, she married Bob Eickelberg.

Survivors include three daughters, Maggie Hilliard of Big Sky, Susan Cranston of Billings and Carole Fisher of Seattle; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Joan Hart of Helena, Jere Eickelberg of Bozeman, Janet Hopper of Louisville, Colo., and Judy Doll of Billings; and many stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 15, at First Congregational Church. Michelotti-Sawyer Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to First Congregational Church, the Rocky Mountain College Endowment Fund or Global Village.

 

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