Kathleen "Katie" Theresa (Olsen) Madden, 77, of Bozeman, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015. She was born Nov. 8, 1937, in Great Falls, Montana, to Edward Wilmer and Katherine Lenore (Koles) Olsen.
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At a very early age, Katie moved to a family owned ranch in Bridger Canyon. Her family later moved to Bear Canyon and Katie graduated from Gallatin High.
Katie married and had three children; Zane, Patty, and Scott. In the early years she was a homemaker raising her children. She worked as a custodian at South Hedges Hall at MSU for 15 years. Katie's main occupation during her life was as an antique dealer. She worked in the profession for 30 years and became a sought after expert. She also organized the Fall Festival Antique Shop at the Bozeman Senior Center. She gave a lot of her time and talent making blankets for children in the Gallatin Valley and for Missions from Bozeman to Mexico.
Katie was known as Gramma "Dog" because she was an Ice Dogs fan. She baked thousands of cookies for the team and its support staff.
Katie's interests were hockey games, playing pinochle and keno, dancing, auctions, making homemade candy, her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Zane and her special dog and companion "Lucky".
Survivors include daughter Patty Madden of Bozeman, Montana; her son Scott (Juli) Madden of Livingston, Montana; 7 grandchildren Alex Madden of Bozeman, Montana, Helen (Ben), Katie and Justine (Andy) Madden all of Florida, Tristan, Jarrod, and Dusty all of Livingston, Montana; 10 great grandchildren Vlad, Ozzi, Drae, Bobby, Chris, Isaac and Mikey, Ashley, Amber, and Shannon; 2 sisters Cecelia Goodman of Bozeman, Montana, Beth (Pradyuman) Raol of Spokane, Washington, and her brother John E. Olsen of Hilo, Hawaii.
Katie had many close friends including Maggie Heisick and Judy Figgins of Bozeman, Montana.
Special Family Remembrances:
"You are an amazing woman who beat the odds for many years. Your loving and caring nature and words of wisdom were a true inspiration to me. The twinkle in your eyes and the smile on your face were sheer magic. God bless you for all the memories. We'll be dancing together soon. With deepest love and respect." Your daughter Patty.
"My 'gummy' grandma; A lovely woman. The values, teachings, and wisdom you offered in life were priceless and opened doors in life most would never find. 'I quit' was never in your vocabulary. You had a warm heart, a lending ear, and a loving touch. I will remember your teachings for all time, and pass those lessons on for future generations to come. I love you gummy. More than words could express. I will keep my last promise to you until you welcome me to the gates of heaven where we will share our many tales once again. With all my love." Your grandson Alex.
"My mom, gramma, and great gramma, you were a strong, determined, wise, loving and caring lady and an inspiration to everyone whose life you touched. Thank you for all the time we got to spend together. We will cherish it forever. Thank you for all the wonderful memories. May your spirit be lifted up high on the wings of bald eagles and fly free. We love you forever and always. With love, your son Scott, Juli, and all your grandkids and great grandkids."
"Gramma, you are my light. You are my world. You taught me that love and kindness are of the utmost importance. I was born not of your blood but that never mattered to you. You still showed me love. I am the luckiest girl in the world to be able to call you gramma. Thank you for always loving me back. Losing you was a loss to the world. I love you, my badass gramma. Love, your granddaughter Helen."
Visitation Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Chapel. The family will be present to greet friends from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The funeral will be held 1:00 p.m., Sunday March 29, 2015, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, followed by internment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Bozeman Cancer Center, c/o The Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd. Bozeman, MT 59715 or to the Bozeman Senior Center 807 N. Tracy Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 26, 2015