The "Mayor of Santa Rita" went to spend Christmas in heaven.
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Martha Ellen McAdam who resided in Santa Rita, Mont., until recently, died in her home in Bozeman on Dec. 20, 2008, from renal failure.
Martha was born on July 13, 1926, to Nathaniel and Lena (Midge) Grant in Kansas City, Mo. She attended schools in Kansas City and graduated from Southwest High.
Martha worked for TWA and loved to tell of being on Howard Hughes' airplane one time when it was taken up for a test flight.
While at TWA, she met Phil Haglund. They were married in 1948. In 1950, they moved to Santa Rita to own and operate Santa Rita Trading Co., a small grocery and post office. Martha always said, "I am the Postmaster, Uncle Sam does not have mistresses." Phil died in 1965.
In 1968, Martha married Roy McAdam. She continued to operate the store and post office until 1981. She and Roy enjoyed many excursions during their years of retirement. Roy died in 2006.
Martha was an avid bowler. Until moving to Bozeman, she continued to bowl on a weekly league in Cut Bank.
Martha was a lifetime member of Eastern Star and spent many years as Mother Advisor of Rainbow Girls. She was also a member of Tirzah Daughters of the Nile.
She was instrumental in establishing the North Cut Bank Water District. She kept the records since its inception and was well versed on how to fix a water line leak.
Survivors include her children, John Haglund of Sheridan, Wyo., Ellen Alborn (Terry) of Bozeman, Bill Haglund of Provo, Utah, and Phyllis Bishop, a stepdaughter, of Anderson, Calif. Grandchildren who survive her are Phil Haglund (Davey) of Belgrade, Kimberley Klepzig (Jason Smith) of Hutchinson, Minn., Grant Klepzig of Bellevue, Wash., Emily Telander (Mark) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Margie Pagano (David) of Roy, Utah, Craig Ackerman (Serena) of Pueblo, Colo., Brent Bishop (Christina) of Anderson, Calif., and Todd Bishop of Redding, Calif. Martha is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents, her brothers, Jack, Nat and Mark Grant, and one granddaughter, Melissa Mariman.
A celebration of Martha's life will be held May 23 in Cut Bank.
Memorials are suggested to Montana Hope Project, Liberty House, P.O. Box 167, Fort Harrison, MT 59636; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 23, 2008