At the age of 91, Juanita "Rose" Lay, passed from here into eternity on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. Her faith was as obvious in her life as it was in her death. She passed peacefully in her sleep following a brief illness.
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As the oldest of five children, Rose was born on April 5, 1921 to Charles L. Spaulding and Pearl Marie (Galliher) Spaulding in Bozeman. Her quiet determination quickly became obvious when she survived whooping cough at the age of one month old.
Regardless of the weather, she and her siblings rode an old black mare to grade school in Cottonwood Canyon. After graduating from Gallatin County High School, she earned her bachelor's degree in teaching at Montana State University and went on to teach high school English and home economics in Plentywood, Mont. (1944-1945) and in Fort Benton, Mont. (1945-1946). She loved sharing her knowledge and was always a ready reference resource for information of any kind before the Internet was invented. Teaching and learning was not just academia for Rose, it was a lifetime art that she practiced and shared everyday.
Upon his return from active service in the U.S. Navy in WWII, she married the love of her life, Everett P. Lay, on April 6, 1946. While learning a trade in watchmaking, they briefly lived in Peoria, Ill. and then returned to Bozeman to open Lay's Jewelry Store, which they owned and operated together for nearly 30 years. Following retirement they moved to Manhattan to be near their daughters. Together they set the standard of excellence in love and life for 63 years.
She is survived by her two daughters, Karleen (Jeff) Gates and DeeAnn (Tom) Langel, both of Manhattan; 10 grandchildren, Jenny (Aaron) Svare, Seth Barnhart, TJ (Nicole) Barnhart, Ben (Bethany) Barnhart, Elizabeth (Nick) Milligan, Wayne (Ronya) Langel, Kelly Powell, Kim Briggs, Kohlby Langel and Regan Langel. She adored her 17 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, David L. (Florence) Spaulding, of Manhattan; her sister-in-law, Alice Spaulding, of Bozeman; as well as favored nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Gracious hospitality and gentle loving-kindness were obvious throughout Rose's entire life. She loved new recipes and adored entertaining around a formal dinner table among friends, at a backyard family picnic or alongside the water's edge on one of the many Montana lakes and rivers where she and Everett loved to camp and fly-fish. She welcomed new neighbors with a plate of cookies and looked forward to canning vegetables and produce in the fall. She cherished long-time friendships.
With family always at the center of her life, she was a good sport as she snow-plowed down the slopes at Bridger Bowl.
She attended Manhattan Bible Church and adored her friends during her morning and afternoon Bible Studies.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett; both of her parents; her brothers, Charles L. Spaulding (Midge) of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and Benny Lynn Spaulding of Bozeman, as well as a sister, Virginia Marie Spaulding of Seattle, Wash.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Manhattan Bible Church, P.O. Box 297, Manhattan, MT 59741; or Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607; or Gallatin County Association for the Blind, P.O. Box 465, Helena, MT 59624.
"Well done, good and faithful servant" Matthew 25:21
Visitation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Private interment will take place on Saturday morning. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Manhattan Bible Church. A reception will follow immediately after the memorial service.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 9, 2012