Jean G. Pittman, 84, of Bozeman passed away Jan. 12, 2009, at Mountain View Care Center. She was born March 5, 1924, in Lincoln, Neb., a daughter to H.M. and Elen M. (Schwarz) Traver. She was raised by her grandmother.
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As a young woman she worked for the carnival, then moved to Texas and was working at Navy PX near Brownwood, Texas, where she met Carter Pittman. The couple married and had a daughter, Cartie, in 1944 and a son, Reginald Lee, in 1948. The couple later divorced.
She later married Eddie Reyes, and during their marriage lived for six years in Europe. They later divorced.
Jean moved back to Texas and worked as a waitress at the Sand Dollar in Corpus Christie, and then in 1984 she moved to Montana to be near her daughter, Cartie.
While in Bozeman she worked for the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and Green Thumb (an organization that checked on the elderly). She knew her own mind, had a heart as big as Texas, and an attitude to match.
In the early years Jean loved to dance. She liked the music of the big bands, '50s music, and especially loved Elvis. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys' football fan and she was an amazing cook. Her family loved her chicken enchiladas, tamales, pies and pumpkins rolls.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son-in-law, Tony Brown; and two brothers.
Survivors include daughter, Cartie Brown of Gallatin Gateway; son, Reginald (Helen) Pittman of Texas; grandchildren, Tony (Yvette) Brown, Allen (Betty) Brown, Shelly Brown and Jody (Rick) Hickman, Rex Pittman, Jay Pittman and Michelle; great-grandchildren, Jenny, Albert, Mary, Christopher (Elizabeth), Amanda "Mandy" (Joey); and great-great-grandchildren, Timothy, Kayla, Hannah, Tristan; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Jean's life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Bozeman.
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 Jan. 18, 2009