E. Paulean "Pug" (Burton) Drange was born Oct. 12, 1924, in Randlett, Okla., to Amy G. (Wilson) and Martin Luther Burton. She was the youngest of 11 children, with seven brothers and three sisters.
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At the age of 3, the Burton family moved to Musselshell, where the promise of a good life awaited. She attended the country school in the Bull Mountains, Shepherd and Roundup High School. Studies, basketball, Luther League and dances filled her time. Elmer Drange was a girls' basketball referee who was known to assist players who had fallen during a game. Pug intentionally fell frequently, catching his eye and eventually, his heart.
Elmer left for World War II in July 1942, leaving Pug at age 17 to await his return. She waited patiently throughout the four years of his service to the Army. About two months after his return, on Jan. 3, 1946, they were married and began their lives together. They spent their entire married life in Billings, with Elmer eventually retiring from a 35-plus-year career at Cenex Oil Refinery in Laurel.
Paulean was an involved mother, serving as a scout leader, church youth group chaperone, Little League mom, and hostess to the many friends of her children, Terry, Jaynee and Judy. An active member of American Lutheran Church, Paulean belonged to a Women's Circle and served many families at funeral, anniversary and wedding receptions. Being a skilled seamstress, she worked as a tailor at Shadoan's Men's Store. Pug and Elmer also enjoyed time spent with their friends, playing cards, travelling, and entertaining in their home or backyard.
Parades, camping, dancing, gardening, campfire sing-a-longs, music, sewing and handwork brought happiness and pleasure to Pug. Her family was the center of her life, and all the kids and grandkids remember the many good times they spent with Gram or Pug, in the motorhome, White Sulphur Springs or Bozeman, or most importantly, at Poppo and Pug/Gram's house. There, many a card or board game, sewing project, popcorn or cinnamon rolls, guitar and singing jam session or home-cooked meal was enjoyed.
Paulean is survived by her husband, Elmer who resides at St. John's Lutheran Home; and their three children: son, Terry Drange and wife, Kathy of Billings and their children, Kari of Shepherd and Tory of Billings; daughter, Jaynee Groseth and her husband, Rolf of Bozeman and Billings, and their sons, Peder and his wife Jess, and Anders, all of Bozeman; daughter, Judy Berg and her husband, Jay of White Sulphur Springs and their children, Eric of Bozeman and Anna, Josie and Alissa of White Sulphur Springs. Pug's sister, Willena Burton lives in Seaside, Ore., and sister-in-law, Pearl Burton in Musselshell. Since both Elmer and Pug have large families, there are many nieces and nephews who have been a part of the Elmer and Pug Drange family throughout the years.
Pug passed away at age 86 on July 4, 2011, at Jensen Cottage, St. John's Lutheran Ministry in Billings. While there, she was lovingly attended to by caregivers who gave her happiness and friendship in final months.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7, at American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave., Billings. A luncheon will be served after the service, and interment is scheduled at for MountView Cemetery in Billings at 2 p.m.
Memorials may be made to American Lutheran Church or to St. John's Nursing Home, both in Billings.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 6, 2011