Don Nutter

Montana News
3:44 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

How rare is it for someone to 'lie in state' in the Montana Capitol?

Betty Babcock was the first person to lay in state in the capitol rotunda since 1962
Credit Dan Boyce

A closed casket viewing was held in the Capitol building’s rotunda this for the public to pay respects for former Montana First Lady Betty Babcock.

The wife of former Governor Tim Babcock died this past Sunday at age 91.

It’s rare for anybody to lie in state in Montana’s seat of public power.

Former Governor Tom Judge’s casket was given a public viewing after he died in 2006. That was in the Old Supreme Court Chambers, on the third floor.  

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