Clarice Geneva Wallin, 98, passed peacefully into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 29, 2014. She was born in Rushford, Minn. on July 3, 1916 and lived a very interesting and rewarding life. She grew up in Bainville, Mont. and was very acquainted with the farm life and the challenges of the Montana plains. After attending Concordia College in Moorehead, Minn., she worked in Minneapolis as the editor for the Lutheran Women's Federation magazine and was also an excellent seamstress who excelled in design. Before moving to Bozeman with her husband, Norman, in 1954, she lived in Chicago, Whitefish, and Fargo-Moorehead. She had a deep love for people and easily involved herself in the Bozeman Community Concert, the MSU foreign student program, and many bible study groups. She made many friends as she and Norman traveled the world visiting various countries including Europe, Africa, and Asia. They were particularly drawn to Tanzania, where they were the benefactors for many projects. She also made many non-partisan friends in Helena while Norman served in the Montana legislature for 14 years.
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Her five grandchildren, Stephanie Quayle, Nathan Quayle, John McIlhattan, Torin Wallin, and Danton Wallin, were truly the loves of her life and she so enjoyed watching them become adults. Her comforting thoughts and wisdom will be missed by so many, in particular her son, David and his wife, Lou Ann, and her daughter, Eileen and her partner, Douglass Graves.
Clarice is survived by her sisters, Betty Johnson and Delores (Kenny) Hall; and her brother, Donald (Alise) Smestad. Clarice's brothers, Harris, Leonard, and Robert, preceded her in passing.
"When I look upon these aging hands and face, it's not old I see, but the subtle side of grace." Mother, may you rest in God's grace.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Bozeman Catholic Community Center (former Hope Lutheran Church), 210 S. Grand Ave., with interment to follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 1, 2014