Anna Marie Ryen McReynolds Bakken, 92, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. She was the second of three children born to Martin and Lena (Peterson) Ryen of the Springhill Community in Gallatin County. Along with her two brothers, she attended the Springhill School through the completion of eighth grade. Since daily travel to and from Springhill was difficult during her high school years, she moved to Bozeman where she shared an apartment and secured a job at a local clothing store. In 1938, she graduated from Gallatin County High School. Throughout her youth, she was active in 4-H, winning awards that presented her with travel and increased opportunities to become an accomplished seamstress. She was responsible, brave, a people person, loved to dance, and sometimes found reason to engage her Norwegian stubbornness. In 1939, she married Jim McReynolds of Gallatin Gateway, Mont. They were blessed with four sons, Pat, Tom, Ray and Dan. Always one to share the work load, her life on the farm was filled with lots of physical activity. After her boys were raised, she and Jim divorced. Ann moved into Bozeman while working at The City Dye Works and Montana State University. Her life from this point on seemed filled with the loving care of others. In 1968, she married Lincoln Bakken. He danced her through the next 23 years until his death. Together they owned and operated the Skandihaus located in the Bozeman Hotel. They traveled extensively and enjoyed their Sons of Norway membership. For a brief time after the closure of the Skandihaus, Ann was employed by Gallatin County. She became a young grandmother and cherished each new arrival expressing interest and concern throughout their lives. Her knitted gifts and treasured collectibles were generously shared throughout the years with family and friends.
After selling her home, she chose to reside at Highgate Retirement Home. She was very proud to have made this decision herself. She could be found aboard every excursion bus leaving the facility. She lived comfortably there until the past couple of months when she required additional care. Her family moved her to Elsie's Care Center in Belgrade.
Ann is survived by her sons, Pat of Springhill and Dan (Linda) of Gallatin Gateway; grandchildren, Mike (Leda) McReynolds of Hilger, Mont., Tawni Teply of Springhill, Matthew (Michelle) McReynolds, Morgan (Jessica) McReynolds and Tyler McReynolds of Gallatin Gateway, John (Jen) Bakken of Utah, and David Bakken, Mike (Wendy) Edwards and Kirstan Arauz of Colorado; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson, along with numerous extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Linc Bakken; brothers, Clark and Donald Ryen; sons, Tom and Ray McReynolds; step-son, John L. Bakken; and granddaughter, Tana Osborne.
Special thanks go to her befriender, Colleen Ross, Elsie's and Hospice of Southwest Montana.
Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, April 22 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, followed by a celebration of life at 1 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson, with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.