Betty Fairchild, 94

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Betty Bernice Adair (Ragle) Fairchild, age 94, of Kalispell passed away Feb. 20, 2018. Betty was born in Baytown, Texas on Nov. 13, 1923 to Maynard and Hulda (Korges) Ragle. She married Terrall Fairchild in Houston, Texas in 1947 and had a wonderful 56 years of marriage. Betty worked for Southern Pacific Railroad for 47 years. In her past time she loved painting and won several blue ribbons. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband Terrall, and son Michael. She is survived by her daughter, Terry Lynn Butler; grandchildren and those who adopted her as grandma: Tracy, Timothy, Joshua, Becky, Heather, Kelly, Christopher, Eric, and Jessica; great-grandchildren and those who adopted her as great-grandma: Brittnee, Kyle, Samantha, Aurora, Summer, Casson, Julie, Tailee, Kendall, Cutter, Skyler, and Brayden. The daughter that adopted her as her mother wrote her a poem she wanted shared with everyone.

“The Light”

By Kathy Stadick

He let me peek at my future through the door,

I saw fields of flowers and so much more.

He said, “You are my child, dear Betty.

Come, but only when you are ready.”

I told my family I was tired and weary.

I saw one by one their eyes get teary.

They gave me permission one and all,

To answer my Father’s call.

I rested some before I knocked on Heaven’s gate,

I knew the timing was right, I wasn’t late.

This time the light made me squint as I entered in,

It was as I had imagined it had always been.

That field I saw, I am walking it through,

And I am five foot nine again, I grew!

As I am not alone, I will see you again,

My family, my pets, and my dear friends.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home, with entombment to follow at Glacier Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends are encouraged to visit our website at to send notes of condolences to the family. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home is caring for the family.

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