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Betty A. Johnstone, 75, who owned and operated bars in Grass Range and Roy, died the morning of April 27, 2013, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
She was born Nov. 21, 1937, in Crow Wing County just outside of Brainerd, Minn., the fourth of five children of Clarence and Florence Malloy. At the age of 6, she moved with her family to Klein.
On Dec. 31, 1954, she married Jack Stigen in Roundup and moved to the family ranch in the Snowy Mountains north of Ryegate. They had three children.
In 1972 she married Kelly Wrzesinski, and they worked for ranches in the area.
In 1978 she bought the Ranger Bar in Grass Range from her brother, Jim Malloy, which she owned and operated for several years.
In 1985 she married Tom Johnstone. She sold the Ranger Bar and bought the Roy Bar in Roy, which she owned and operated until she retired in 2004. She then moved to Billings to be close to her children and grandchildren.
She had a knack for bookkeeping and supplemented the family income with leather work. Her western shirts, belts, wallets and moccasins were sold all over Montana.
She had received care from Billings Clinic, RiverStone Health Home Care & Hospice and Dr. Kathy Stevens.
Survivors include three children, Sue DeVries, Mike Stigen and Jackie Ray; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Francis Griemsman; a brother, Melvin Malloy; and two ex-husbands, Tom Johnstone and Kelly Wrzesinski.
A celebration of life will be held at Cremation & Funeral Gallery at 4 p.m. May 11, followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the small bay of the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark.