May 25, 1939 ~ April 10, 2022 (age 82)


Betty Lou Opelt, 82, passed away peacefully at her home in Libby on Sunday, April 10, 2022.  She was born on May 25, 1939 at Greenville, California to Oscar and Ruby Pavola. 

Betty enjoyed many things, riding her Appaloosa stallion “Buck” and picking blueberries and huckleberries.  She became known for her exceptional cleaning and for the size of the berries she sold to people in the community.  She liked fishing and going for rides and looking at the beautiful scenery, but most of all she loved her family and enjoyed everyone.

Betty Lou will be missed by everyone who was privileged enough to meet her.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Ruby, a sister Roberta Jean Mills, niece Roberta “Robin” McMillan and nephew Stewart Mills, and husband Ray Leiterman, SR.

Survivors include her twin brother James “Butch” Pavola, Thompson Falls; her children Debbie Flegel, Judy Boothman, and Jeffrey Lundin, all of Libby; Charlene Redd, Mead, WA; 12 grandchildren Michael Taigaafi, Daniel Taigaafi and Sarah Taigaafi; Glenda Burke; Brian, Christopher and Elizabeth Boothman; Karmelet Lundin, Heather Ague, Jessa Pair, Rachel Lundin and Thomas Redd; 42 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and all the ones she accepted as her own.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, July 15, 2022 at the Fred Brown Pavilion in Libby.  Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at

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Memorial Service
July 15, 2022

11:00 AM
Fred Brown Pavilion, Libby
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