Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service

Betty Portnell

March 4, 1933 ~ April 11, 2018

Betty Louise Portnell passed away at home on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  She was born March 4, 1933 in Wenatchee, Washington to Fred Sines and Beatrice Wortman Sines.

Betty graduated from Entiat High School in 1951 where she was a member of the Entiat Trail and Saddle Club.

In 1953 Betty came to Montana to work for her uncle, Walt Wortman, in West Yellowstone where she met Ronald Portnell.  They were married June 24, 1953 in Entiat, Washington.  They spent the first six months of wedded bliss living in a tent at Storm Castle Creek (formerly known as Squaw Creek), where Ron was employed as a logger.  Their 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated near that same site in 2003.  They had two sons, Steve and Clint.

Betty was a Cub Scout mother, 4H leader, and a member of the Gallatin Gateway Ladies Aid for many years. She was one of the first cooks at the Gallatin Gateway School lunch room, a member of the Gallatin Valley Snowmobile Club, and a member of the Little White Church in Gallatin Gateway.

In 1973, Ronald and Betty bought half interest in the Bozeman Bowl, which they sold a few years later and bought a bait farm.  Betty’s hobbies included oil painting, hunting, camping, snowmobiling, baking, spending lots of time with her grandkids, and enjoying the outdoors. 

After Ron retired from the City of Bozeman Water Department in 1991, they moved to Manhattan, where Betty was a member of the Manhattan Bible Church and the Senior Lady’s Bible Class.

She is survived by one sister, Lula Depew, of Entiat; her two sons, Steve of Manhattan, and Clint (Vivie) of Belgrade; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Ronald.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 17 at 1:00 P.M. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, followed by Funeral Services at 2:00 P.M.  Private family interment will take place at Salesville Cemetery.  A reception will follow the services at Gallatin Gateway Community Center.