Adylene Janet Anderson, 99, a former resident of Bozeman, was born Oct. 26, 1910, in a homestead cabin near Whitehall. She passed away March 22, 2010, at Lincoln Court Retirement Community in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Her husband, Charles Gustaf Anderson, died in 1992.
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Adylene was the first child born to Shirley Dare and Mary Jane "Jennie" (Black) Houghton. They had two more daughters, Verena Gwenn and Isabel Phyllis, both of whom preceded Adylene in death. Her father, Shirley, was the son of Henry Harrison Houghton, one of the earliest homesteaders in the Jefferson Valley, who made the arduous journey from Massachusetts to Montana in 1866. His wife, Lydia, followed him the next summer in the same manner, by train from Massachusetts to St. Louis; via steamboat up the Missouri River to Fort Benton Territory; and a stage or wagon from Fort Benton. She was one of the first women to settle in the Jefferson Valley.
Adylene met her to-be husband, Chuck, at the Gallatin Gateway Inn, where they worked in the summers while attending Montana State College (MSC), she as a waitress and chambermaid and Chuck as the desk clerk/switchboard operator and occasionally as bus driver. Adylene graduated from MSC with a degree in home economics in 1932.
Adylene and Chuck were married June 7, 1933, the day after Chuck graduated from MSC with his electrical engineering degree. Due to the national depression, and because he was initially a Canadian citizen rather than an American, Chuck worked at various jobs until eventually he was able to find a steady job with the U.S. Post Office in Bozeman, where he worked as a mail carrier and postal clerk for 28 years.
Adylene worked for 20 years at the grain laboratory at MSC. After retirement, Adylene and Chuck found more time to pursue their interest in rocks and minerals, and eventually moved to the "rock-hound" Mecca of Quartzsite, Ariz. Adylene garnered many awards for her fossil displays in adjudicated shows. In their later years, Adylene and Chuck spent many of their summers visiting their children in Montana, Idaho and Washington.
Adylene was an incredible seamstress and made dresses for daughters and even bridesmaid dresses for her granddaughters. She created hundreds of different crafts and jewelry using the gemstones that were collected on rock hunting trips. They went on hundreds of rock hunting trips in Montana and Arizona.
Adylene was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her four children: Carla Radford of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; James (Betty) Anderson of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Dave (Gail) Anderson of Renton, Wash.; and Sharon Harvey of Belgrade. She was blessed with 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held in Bozeman in late May; for information call Jim at (208) 523-8272.
Memorials in her name may be given to Bozeman United Methodist Church.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 4, 2010