Longtime Belgrade resident Jean Overstreet, 85, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at Mountain View Care Center.
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Jean was born March 11, 1926, in Billings to Martin and Janet Crennen. She graduated from Gallatin County High School in 1944.
After her marriage to Bob Overstreet on May 18, 1945, they moved to the Flying D Ranch. Jean and Bob loved living and working on the Flying D. Jean really enjoyed fishing on Cherry Creek. She would tell stories of being snowed in for months. They would take a horse and wagon to Salesville once a month for groceries and supplies.
Jean and Bob bought a ranch north of Belgrade in 1950. Jean was a hard-working Montana woman who loved the ranching lifestyle. She helped with the chores, raised three children and held down two other jobs to support her family and the ranch.
She worked at Belgrade State Bank, the Beaumont Supper Club, Lee and Dad's grocery and the Hub Bar. Jean was the bookkeeper at Lee and Dad's Grocery for almost 30 years. She told Jim McMilin that she wasn't going to retire until he bought her a gold watch. He bought her the watch, and she still kept working.
After retiring from Lee and Dad's, Jean worked as a part-time bookkeeper for the Hub Bar until she was 80.
Jean had a great sense of humor and enjoyed giving friends a bad time. She loved to dance, play cards and spend time with family and friends.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Janet Crennen, and her husband, Bob.
Jean is survived by her three children, Kathy (John) Sobrepena of Bozeman, Bobbie (Brent) Bahny of Helena and John of Three Forks; her brother, Marty (Marg) of Helena; and her stepson, Clark Overstreet of Bozeman. She was blessed with grandchildren, Chris (Courtney), Jesse (Poppy), Jessica, Jordan and Justin (Erin) and great-grandchildren, Lucy, Natalie and Vaughn.
Jean's family would like to thank Dr. King, Rocky Mountain Hospice, Spring Meadows, Hyalite Country Care and Mountain View Care Center for such loving care during her last few months. Our hearts go out to all of her good friends who made her life so special.
Memorials and contributions may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice. At Jean's request no funeral arrangements were made.
A Celebration of Jean's life will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, at the River Rock Community Center.
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 Oct. 9, 2011