Bertie Hotvedt, age 81, joined her husband Elmer and son Charles (Chas) in the Kingdom of Heaven early Monday morning.
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Bertie was born to Ewell and Bertha Hankins of Fort Benton, Mont., July 17, 1929. Bertie graduated from Fort Benton High School in 1947, continuing on to Montana State College to study Graphic design. While at MSU, she was a member of a sorority and became homecoming queen.
Bertie married high school classmate and pharmacist, Elmer Hotvedt. After short stays in Fort Benton and Conrad, they settled in Valier where Elmer established the Valier Drug store. Sons David, Charles (Chas), and Darin were all born in Conrad. In 1975, the family moved to Ennis, Mont., to purchase the Ennis Drug store.
Bertie was active in many community organizations with most of her time devoted to the Trinity Episcopal Church in Jeffers, Mont. Her hobbies included ceramics, sewing, painting, quilting, knitting, crochet and photography. Traveling was one of her favorite activities with her trip to Israel her most memorable.
After Elmer passed away in 2004, she moved to Manhattan, Mont., to be closer to her family. She found a church family at the Christian Center Assemblies of God in Three Forks, Mont.
In addition to her sons and daughters-in-law, Bertie is survived by grandsons Christopher (Lindsey) of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho; Matthew (fiancé Shira) of Boise, Idaho; and Colton and Kyle of Manhattan, Mont.
A public graveside service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. at Madison Valley Cemetery, Ennis, Mont. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, 3 p.m. at Christian Center Assembly of God, 921 W Mendenhall, Bozeman.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to Park Haven, 100 Hamilton Court,
Manhattan, MT 59741. Please put Bertie Hotvedt on memo line.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 12, 2010