"As we let go, over the past few years we have had many great talks and always some laughs - although fewer towards the end. There has been and never will be another one like her." Keri Lou McGinley, granddaughter.
Marjorie Louise Gillette Shaw passed away Feb. 4, 2016. Marjorie was born in Bozeman, Aug. 5, 1938 to George R. and Goldie Robinson Gillette. She attended elementary and secondary schools in Bozeman graduating in 1956 from Gallatin County High School. In high school she was active in Student Council, Glee & Pep Club, Gallawampus, Ski Club, and Rainbow as well as working part-time as a colorization technician at Linfield Studio and attending the counter at Purdy 10 Stool.
In 1956, Marjorie married Gene C. Shaw who was following an Army career. After 10 years of "dodging land mines," that marriage ended in divorce. After serving as an of?cer's wife (where she claimed she "saw war"), she and her children returned to Bozeman and as a single mother, raised her two "spirited" children, Dennis and Debra.
For many years Marjorie was employed full time at the Baxter Pharmacy. Working there she met Gary Refsland, who became her partner for 40 years. She ended her working career at the Holiday Inn, Cartwheel Supper Club and Huf?nes. In her leisure time, she enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, sewing, manicuring her yard and caring for her beloved pets.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her best son ever, Dennis; her parents, George and Goldie Gillette; a brother George Gillette Jr; three sisters Irene Newhouse, Barbara Gibson and Marcella Nopper; and a grandson Joshua Waggener.
She is survived by her partner, Gary, Bozeman; her daughter, Debra (Dana) Waggener, Bozeman; her granddaughter, Keri Louise (Brett) McGinley, Bozeman; her grandson, Isaac Waggener, Las Vegas, Nevada; a sister, Vivian Durland, Austin, Texas; a brother-in-law, Phil Newhouse, Corona, California; a sister-in-law Hazel Gillette, Central Park, Montana; two great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.
Marjorie will be remembered for being a very beautiful woman with an amazing smile, a Hollywood sense of style, and a sparky sense of humor that didn't put up with much BS.
Memorials in Marjorie's name can be made to the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, 1549 East Cameron Bridge Road, Bozeman, MT 59715.
"Contrary to Marjorie's wishes," a celebration of life will be held noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 12, 2016, Holiday Inn, North Seventh Avenue, Bozeman.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 14, 2016