Marguerite Shomler, 106, of Bozeman passed away April 25, 2014. She was born July 8, 1907 in Minneapolis, Minn. to Alex and Laura Stuart. The family moved shortly after to California.
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The Stuart family ventured back to Riverside, Mont. when Marguerite was only 10 months old, making her the first child in the town. Riverside, Mont. is now West Yellowstone. Her younger brother, Walter, born in 1909 was said to be the first child born in West Yellowstone. The family spent many winters in Yellowstone National Park where their parents were caretakers at the Old Faithful Inn.
Marguerite's parents partnered with the Eagle family and eventually acquired the Twin Bear Gift Shops in West Yellowstone, which Marguerite took over in 1939. She married Gene Scott on Nov. 16, 1948 in Glendale, Calif. and together, they ran the gift shop and built a new home on Madison Ave. Gene later passed away in early 1955.
She married Garth Shomler on Aug. 20, 1955 in Virginia City, Mont. and they continued to run the gift shop. Later, they ran the shop during the busy tourist season of the summers and moved to Bozeman where they spent the winters. They did live in California for a time where Garth drove tour busses. They were married for almost 50 years when Garth passed away in 2005, and Marguerite, at the age of 98, sold the gift shop and moved to "The Hamilton House" where she lived until her death, which was about two months before her 107th birthday.
Marguerite's greatest love was her Lord. She was active in her churches in California and Montana. A large part of her early life was influenced by The Bible Ministry of Pastor J. Vernon McGee at the Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles. She always had "Our Daily Bread" devotionals on hand in the store in Montana ready to share. She also belonged to the Fellowship Baptist Church in Bozeman.
Marguerite's second love was Yellowstone and all its animals. There are old photos of her feeding bears, deer, coyotes, squirrels, chinchillas, ravens, ducks, cats and mice. She also enjoyed her favorite cat friends at The Hamilton House with Grant, the cat, at her side.
Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gene; husband, Garth; and her brother, Walter.
She has gone home to be with her precious Savior. She will be missed by the many people she met throughout her life.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, July 8, tentatively at noon at Fir Ridge Cemetery, West Yellowstone, Mont.
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 May 4, 2014