Kathryn Elaine Wilcox Hain, 75, of Bozeman, passed away at her home on Aug. 7, 2009. Elaine was born on May 31, 1934 to Clifford Herbert and Harriet Kathryn (Van Horsen) Wilcox.
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Elaine grew up in Three Forks and graduated as salutatorian of her 1952 Three Forks High School class. She went on to attend Business School in Billings.
She married the love of her life, Lee Foster Hain, on June 16, 1956. Their early years were spent traveling around Montana with a telephone construction crew. Their children filled their lives with endless activity and joy. Elaine loved to garden and grow flowers. Her flower gardens are a part of her legacy, which she has shared with her children, grandchildren and many others. Grandma's flowers are growing from California to Potosi.
Camping at Potosi was one of her favorite places to go. She camped there when she was young and continued the tradition with her children and grandchildren.
Elaine and Lee were avid sports fans who supported their children and grandchildren's sporting activities. They were Bozeman Hawk fans, Three Forks Wolves fans, and Pioneer Mustang fans.
Over the years, they traveled many miles to see their out-of-state children and grandchildren including Vernal, Utah; San Jose, Calif.; Ludington, Mich.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Lafayette, La., Pampa, Texas, Fullerton, Calif.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Midland, Texas; Houston, Texas; and even Disneyland. Elaine was always the navigator (she had her back seat driver's license) and Lee was the driver. Elaine loved baseball and she attended many professional games with her family. Elaine enjoyed quilting, knitting and sewing in addition to her gardening activities. Canning and freezing her home grown vegetables was a yearly activity during her prolific gardening years. She has passed this passion on to her future generations.
She had a heart of gold and took meticulous care of her family and her home. Elaine was a loving and caring wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. Her life's work has been her family.
"Elaine, Mom, Grandma, favorite Mother-in-Law, we miss you terribly. We know you are still with us and will be in our hearts forever. We love you beyond measure. You have taught us how to be generous with our love for others. You have been a rose in our garden of life."
Survivors include her husband, Lee, daughters Robin Arleen Hain Hamilton (Steven Scott Hamilton) of Three Forks; Ren Marleen Hain Murray (Bradford George Murray) of San Jose, Calif.; Rhea Kathryn Hain Thomas (Jeffrey Darl Thomas) of Bozeman; son Lawrence Lee Hain (Carole Jean Short Hain) of Richmond, Texas; grandchildren Brooke Kathryn Hamilton Pestel (Ryan Lee Pestel) of Three Forks; Eric Steven Hamilton of Bozeman; Hilary Louise Hamilton Stephenson (Christopher Stephenson) of Bozeman; Kathryn Elizabeth Murray, Shane Bradford Murray, Alexandra Marleen Murray, all of San Jose, Calif.; Tyler Lee Hain of Butte, Andrea Kathleen Hain of Houston, Texas, Matthew Lawrence Hain, of Richmond, Texas; and William Scott Shay of Bozeman; great-grandchildren Addison Kathryn Pestel, Natalie Renee Pestel and Marcus Lee Pestel all of Three Forks. Her sister, Nancy Carol Wilcox Anderson and brother, Clifford Richard Wilcox (Betty) all of Three Forks, and their families also survive her.
Viewing will be at K&L Mortuary, 103 1st Avenue, Three Forks, on Monday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Interment will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Fairview Cemetery in Three Forks, with a celebration of Elaine's life following at 320 Elm Street (Robin and Steve's home). Please come share your stories with us and join in our celebration of Elaine's life.
Memorial suggestions include the Headwaters Heritage Museum; or memorials may be sent to the family in order to purchase some trees for planting in a public place to be determined.
K & L Mortuaries
103 1st Ave E
Three Forks, MT 59752
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 10, 2009