- Associated Press - Saturday, October 18, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana Supreme Court clerk Ed Smith says he wants to name a proposed state historical society museum for former First Lady Betty Babcock.

The Montana Heritage Center has been authorized by the Legislature but has not been fully funded.

Smith serves on the Montana Historical Society’s Board of Trustees. Lee Newspapers of Montana reports he will seek support from the 2015 Legislature for a bill naming the museum after Babcock, who died last year.

Babcock was married to Tim Babcock, who was governor from 1962-1969.

Smith says Betty Babcock defined civic-mindedness throughout her life. He says her one dream that was not realized was construction of a new Montana Historical Society museum.

He says there could be no better tribute to her legacy than naming the museum after her.

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