Mary Brickson Tallman (1913 - 2008)

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Mary Brickson Tallman passed away peacefully in Vero Beach, Fla., on May 1, 2008; she was 94.

Mrs. Tallman's husband, Bill, passed away in November 1960.

She is survived by four sons: William D. Tallman of Sequim, Wash.; Robert B. Tallman of Venice, Fla.; Richard T. Tallman of Vero Beach, Fla.; and James D. Tallman of Marietta, Ga. She had six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Tallman was born in Three Forks in 1913. She was a graduate of Montana State University and Florida State University, where she earned a master's degree in administration and supervision.

She was the first principal of Lawnwood Elementary School in Ft. Pierce, Fla., an active member and past president of the Pilot Club in Ft. Pierce, and choir director and organist at the First Methodist Church of Ft. Pierce until her retirement in 1970. On retirement, Mrs. Tallman moved to Pony near her birthplace to care for her mother.

She traveled widely in the following years, visiting Russia, Scandinavia, Western Europe, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Peru and the Galapagos Islands. Mrs. Tallman served on the Madison County government study commission, and organized and led the Hollow Top Senior Citizens' Club. She was an active booster of the Harrison Wildcat sports teams, and helped organize the Harrison Church and was its organist until her eyesight began to fail in 1987.

Her ashes will be shared among her husband's grave in Florida, her mother's in Whitehall, and near Hollow Top.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Harrison Church, followed by a luncheon at the Pony Senior Citizens' Center.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 1, 2008
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