Mary Belle (Marley) Pouliot(1922 - 2012)

Mary Belle (Marley) Pouliot, 90, passed from the loving arms of her family into the blessed arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 7, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Mary was born April 22, 1922, in Bozeman, the oldest of four girls born to Tom and Nellie Marley. She graduated from Rosary High School in 1940 in Bozeman and married her childhood sweetheart, the love of her life, George Pouliot. Since elementary school, George was fascinated with this adorable red-headed spitfire! They loved celebrating their wedding anniversary on the eve of the nation's New Year.

Throughout the years, George and Mary were blessed with 11 children. In 1952, the family moved to Helena. Mary was a homemaker for several years, but she also worked at various establishments, cocktail waitressing to augment the expense of raising a large family. The last ten years of her career she worked for Dr. Jim Coffey as his optometric assistant before she retired.

In 1975, she started volunteering at Fort Harrison. She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 1116 and for over 60 years was a member of the Cathedral of Saint Helena. She loved playing pinochle, was an avid reader and loved to work the daily crossword puzzle. She was a social butterfly with an outgoing personality and enjoyed life to the fullest. She bowled for many years and, for awhile, was on a league with several of her daughters. She and her kids were very close; she bragged that they were "her best friends."

She was preceded in death by her parents; her two sisters, Pat McKenna and JoAnn Powell; and her eldest son, Dan.

She is survived by her dearest love, George, and by her 10 children: Mary Marlene, Tom (Shirley), Jerry (Mary), Jeanne (Bob), Joanie (Gordon), Linda, Pat, Pam (Dan), Elizabeth and Coni (Chris); her daughter-in-law, Rosie; and her youngest sister, Liz Swingle (Wes) of Bozeman. She has 24 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandsons (twins) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mom, God has blessed us by giving you to us as our mentor and supporter. Your constant guidance through faith and love is continually felt in our daily lives. We love you so much and will miss you every day.

We especially want to thank Dr. Tom Weiner for his devoted attention and to the amazing St. Peters medical staff on the oncology ward for their tender and loving care.

Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. in Helena. The family invites you to join them for the praying of the Rosary 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at the Cathedral of St. Helena. Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Tuesday at the Cathedral of St. Helena. Rite of Committal will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Immediately following the burial, a reception celebrating Mary's life will be held in the social center of Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mary's name may be made to Cathedral of St. Helena or to an organization of the donor's choice.

Please visit aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family condolences or share a memory of Mary.

Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 9, 2012