Marjorie Ann (Johnston) Hunt, 81, died in Bozeman on Wednesday, Oct. 12, surrounded by her four children. Born in Kalispell, Montana on Nov. 2, 1934 to Glenn L. and Harriet B. Johnston, Marj graduated as valedictorian from Flathead High School in 1952 and from Montana State College in 1956 with a B.S. in home economics, specializing in dietetics. During her college years, she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, and she received numerous academic honors, including initiation into Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Upsilon Omicron, and Alpha Lambda Delta.
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On a drive with friends from college back to the Flathead Valley for the 1955 Thanksgiving break, Marj met the love of her life, William A. Hunt. Their whirlwind courtship began with a date to a Bobcat basketball game, which led to their marriage on June 16, 1956. Settling in Bozeman, where Bill began his career as a professor in the Civil Engineering department at Montana State, Marj continued her commitment to the university and community. Over the years, she received the MSU Pan-Hellenic Award for Service and the Extension Homemaker's Woman in Action Award in 1974, and she provided eight years of service to the Alpha Omicron Pi House Corporation. She was a member of the Faculty Wives Club, and regularly hosted graduate students and families at her home. In addition, Marj and Bill were contributors to numerous MSU scholarship funds, were life members of the MSU Alumni Association, and were fixtures at nearly every Bobcat football and basketball game during their 56-year marriage. In 2011 they jointly received the Blue and Gold Award for lifetime service to the university. Bill preceded her in death in 2012.
All her life, Marj was committed to her Christian faith. As a devoted Methodist, she strove to "do all the good you can," following the credo of church founder John Wesley. A long-standing member of the Bozeman United Methodist Church, she participated in numerous ministries over the years, held local and regional positions in the church and in United Methodist Women, and rang bells in the Hand Bell Choir. In addition, her commitment to her community included volunteering at the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, the Museum of the Rockies and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, and membership in PEO. She also sold Avon products, worked in several local culinary stores and even worked as a demonstrator of the then-revolutionary cooking wonders of Litton microwave ovens in the mid-1970s.
Marj also built and fostered deep friendships when she pursued her passions for bowling, skiing, watercolor painting and especially bridge, where she (frequently partnered with Bill) was a formidable player in many different groups over the years.
Above all, Marj was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. During their childhoods, she tirelessly involved herself in her children's activities: PTA volunteer, Camp Fire Girls leader, Little League baseball game concessionaire and Cub Scout den mother, to name a few. She was especially proud to have learned to ski at age 35 so she could hit the slopes with her children. Later in life, she enjoyed traveling to all corners of the United States and the world with Bill, and spent much time visiting grandchildren, extended family and friends. Her grandchildren fondly remember picking raspberries with her in her garden and decorating Christmas cookies during the holidays.
Marjorie is survived by daughter, Lauri (Rick) Taylor of Wilmington, Delaware; son, Ken (Cindi) of Simi Valley, California; son, Kevin (Maria) of Hockessin, Delaware; and daughter, Paula (Bob) Alexander of Arvada, Colorado. Her grandchildren are Lisa (Scott) McAlpin, Lindsay and Kevin (Rachel) Taylor; Jourdan (Nick) Braden, and Shelby Hunt; Gabrielle Hunt; and Jacob and Carl Martillaro; and great-grandchildren, Tanner and Dylan Braden. She was preceded in death by her brother, Glenn Johnston.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. A memorial service and reception for Marj will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Aspen Pointe retirement community. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Marjorie A. Hunt Dietetic Internship Scholarship, c/o MSU Alumni Foundation, P.O. Box 172750, Bozeman, MT 59717-2730.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Oct. 16 to Oct. 19, 2016