Ethel L. Day, 88, gave up her brave battle with COPD on Mother's Day, May 13, 2007. She was surrounded by her loving family.
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Ethel was born in Minot, N.D., on Oct. 3, 1918, to Roger and Clara (Myhre) Lloyd, the middle child of three. She grew up in North Dakota and graduated from Valley City High School in 1936. She was always proud of her North Dakota heritage and tried to never let a North Dakota joke ruffle her feathers.
She met the love of her life, Jim Day, while working as an usherette at the Fox Theater (now the Alberta Bair Theater) in Billings.
Ethel and Jim were married on Aug. 11, 1939, in Roundup, where they eloped. To this marriage was born five children, four girls and finally a boy: Clarnelle, Julie, Gale, Jamee and Jimmy. Most of their married life was spent in Billings, Big Timber and Bozeman.
Ethel worked several jobs throughout her life, beginning at the Fox Theater, Vaughn Ragsdale, Parkway Grocery (where she had way too much fun), Art Craft Printers, Allied Manufacturing, Coast to Coast, House of Hobbies, and McCoy's Crafts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister, Ruth (Andy) Anderson; her brother, David (Kay) Lloyd; brothers-in-law, Charles Day, Robert (Mable) Day, Ralph (Min) Day; one son-in-law, Tom Tavegia; and numerous cousins.
Ethel is survived by her children and their spouses: Clarnelle (Carl) Patterson of Helena, Julie (Willard) Moore of Columbus, Gale (Mike) Figgins of Bozeman, Jamee (Evert) Wierda of Manhattan, and Jim (Patty) Day of Bozeman. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jo (Arlon) McGraw, Carl (Sue) Patterson, Caren (Terry) Thompson, Kim (Jerry Kelly) Moore, Michele (Pat) Reiser, Mark (Jill) Figgins, Will Moore, Landa (Jeff) Heys, Matt (Amy) Figgins, Mike Figgins, Jeff (Kindra) Wierda, Nash Saunders, Ed (Ashley) Wierda; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews and a few cousins. Also, her helpful neighbor, Ceceila Heier, who without her help, Ethel wouldn't have been able to live alone to the end.
Ethel was a wonderful mother and grandmother and will be missed greatly. It was ironic that she passed on Mother's Day, as being a mother was her most important job of all; she loved being called Granny by all her grandchildren and had the best toys to play with.
A Mother's Day Message
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
"Most all the other beautiful things in life come by twos, and threes, by dozens and hundreds!
Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one Mother in all the wide world." Kate Douglas Wiggins
Memorials in her name may be made to the American Lung Association of Montana, 825 Helena Ave., Helena, MT 596017; or to a charity of choice.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from May 16 to May 20, 2007