Clementine Pearl Herrin (1909 - 2009)

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Clementine Pearl Herrin, 100, of Hardin, formerly of Bozeman, passed away May 14, 2009, in the Big Horn County Memorial Hospital.

She was born on April 1, 1909, in Chestnut, Montana, a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Wilson Pierce. She received her education at the Malmborg Country School in the Jackson Creek area east of Bozeman. Following her education, she worked for the Gallatin Laundry.

Clementine married Herbert E. Herrin in Butte on Aug. 21, 1939, and the couple made their home in the Bozeman Pass area, where they operated the Midway Bar and Tourist Cabins until they were destroyed by fire in 1959. The couple moved to Bozeman, where Herbert Herrin died 1965.

Clementine remained in Bozeman, working as a housekeeper at the college and, after retiring, working for the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program. She moved to Mesa, Ariz., to be near her daughter, Myrna, for several years, before moving to Hardin to be near her daughter, Myra.

Clementine was a member of the Gallatin Historical Society and the VFW Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two sisters, Elizabeth Werner and Lucille Ross; and five brothers, Bill, Earl, Charlie, Buford and Ralph Pierce.

She is survived by her daughters, Myrna and Byron Orton of Mesa, Ariz., and Myra and Larry Link of Hardin; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Mom, you were a very strong woman and always a mother, putting us first. Thank you for the valuable lessons and your loving guidance.

Cremation has taken place in the Bullis-Eastern Montana Crematory. Family graveside services will be held this summer in the Bozeman Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 17, 2009
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