Marjorie Hobson Shanholtzer, 93, went to be with her Lord on March 26, 2014, in Bozeman, at Spring Meadows Assisted Living. She was born in Minnesota on June 28, 1920, and came to Montana as a young child with her parents, Raymond and Ruth Hobson, and her brothers, Raymond and Glen.
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She graduated from high school in Victor, and received her teaching degree at Western Montana College in Dillon. When Marjorie began teaching at the Eureka school, young single teachers lived with families in the community. It was in the home of her host family she met and fell in love with their son, Raymond Shanholtzer. They were married Nov. 26, 1942. They purchased land and created their ranch in Milligan Canyon where they built many wonderful memories with their daughter, Dorothy Denecke. After Raymond died in 1980, Marjorie remained on the ranch four years before relocating to Bozeman.
Marjorie would be most proud of the 640 children she impacted during her teaching career. Her positive attitude concerning education has spread exponentially as her students have grown to be parents, teachers, and community leaders. She also mentored countless young teachers who have taught in Montana and beyond. Marjorie taught at the Eureka school in Milligan Canyon, Harrison, and Three Forks for more than 30 years. She chose early grades in order to be among the first to inspire her students.
Marjorie's second passion in life was playing golf, which she continued to do into her late 80s. She traveled the world playing in senior golf tournaments and always enjoyed her home course, Valley View. A quiet volunteer, Marjorie gave many hours of her time for her Baptist church in Three Forks and other community non-profits.
Marjorie is survived by her golf partners; daughter, Dorothy; granddaughters, Terri Pasold and Kathy Wells (Rob); and her four great-grandsons, Ferman and Blake Pasold, and Mason and Dayton Wells. Several nieces and nephews are also living and hold close their memories of time with Aunt Marjorie. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, along with sons-in-law, William A. Denecke III and Willie Milliron.
Her life will be celebrated Tuesday, April 1 at 11 a.m. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, followed by interment at Sunset Hills Cemetery. Join the family at a reception at Valley View Golf Course immediately after the burial.
Marjorie's family and friends thank Linda Hurd and Suzanne Rowe from Rocky Mountain Hospice for their extra special relationship with Marjorie. They also want to thank all of the staff from Rocky Mountain Hospice and Spring Meadows for their kind, careful care and attention as Marjorie resided with them for more than six years.
The family would like remembrances in her name to be directed to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 301 Edelweiss Dr. #5, Bozeman, MT 59718.
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 Mar. 30, 2014