Ellen L. Suit, 91, of Bozeman passed away May 31, 2010, at Highgate Senior Living with her family by her side. She was born Dec. 27, 1918, in Burwell, Neb., to Walter S. and Alma (Davis) Green.
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She graduated from Burwell High School in 1936 as valedictorian and went to Kearney State College on scholarship, to pursue a teaching career.
Ellen married Donald W. Suit on Aug. 20, 1945, in Oshkosh, Neb. They married while Donald was on military leave from the European Theater during World War II.
The couple made their home on the ranch in Oshkosh, Neb. Ellen taught elementary school in Burwell, Oshkosh, and Scottsbluff, Neb., and would continue to receive May baskets from one of her second-grade Oshkosh students starting in the 1940s up until this May. She was a county welfare director for two years and assistant county school superintendent for 10 years. Ellen also helped her husband manage their ranch in Nebraska.
Following the death of Donald in December 1998, Ellen continued living in Oshkosh, Neb., and traveled with family. She enjoyed many of her dear neighbors that would meet at her home every day.
In Nebraska she was a member of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church.
She was a member of several Extension clubs and organizations. She was offered a trip to Europe in the 1950s to represent a Nebraska Extension organization when her children were small, but chose taking care of her family rather than leave them. Family always came first. She made sure that her children were able to be involved in the fine arts, which was not common for a ranch child of the time in rural Nebraska.
Ellen moved to Bozeman four years ago to be near her family. She was able to live in a home next door to them. The house had many features that she had always wanted to enjoy. She would spend many hours sitting in her courtyard watching her flowers grow and holding her beloved dog, Babe.
Ellen enjoyed cooking, painting and drawing. She was an accomplished artist earlier in life. While in Nebraska, she was the person that always prepared the family get-togethers. People that assisted on the ranch loved the five meals that she would bring to them throughout the day. She also helped her beloved husband take care of his aging family for many years and was by her daughter's side when she died of cancer seven years ago.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; daughter, Cherri Ann Hose; two brothers, Charles and Clarence Green; two sisters, Mable (Green) Brownell and Lula (Green) Compton.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, James and Catherine Suit of Bozeman; grandchildren, Mary K. Suit and Paul J. Suit, both of Bozeman, and Heather A. Thompson of Lincoln, Neb.
A funeral Mass will be held in Bozeman at noon Wednesday, June 2, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Services will be held in Oshkosh, Neb., at a later date.
Memorials may be made in her name to the
, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 2, 2010