Mary Elizabeth Gee flew to be with the angels on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, two days after her 96th birthday. Her loving family was at her bedside.
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Mary was born on Nov. 18, 1914, in Sedalia, Mo., to Ambrose Byrd and Myrtle Alice (Stanley) Cram. The family, which included brother, Stanley, and sister, Virginia, moved to Fort Benton in 1915 from Sedalia, Mo., and then to the Gallatin Valley in 1924.
After graduation from Gallatin County High School in 1933, she married Walter Everett Gee on May 27, 1933. Walter and Mary were blessed with a daughter, Shirley (Gee) Pass, and a son, Walter Ronald Gee.
Mary worked at the Gallatin Valley Seed House sorting peas. Later she worked at a bakery on Main and Bozeman. She worked for and managed the Sears Roebuck catalog store in Bozeman from 1954 until her retirement in 1974.
After their retirement, she and Walter spent a number of winters in Apache Junction, Ariz., and Parker, Ariz., until Walter's death in January 1986.
Mary enjoyed meeting friends and traveling with the Bozeman Senior Center and volunteering for RSVP for a number of years. She played cards with several groups until three weeks before her death. She was a member of Grand Avenue Christian Church and also the Pioneer Museum. She was known as a great "hugger."
Preceding Mary in death were her parents, Ambrose and Myrtle Cram; brother, Stanley; and husband, Walter.
Those surviving are children, Shirley Pass and Walter Ronald Gee of Bozeman; grandson, Ryan (Kumi) and great-grandson, Kyle Pass of Seattle, Wash.; sister, Virginia Robison of Apache Junction, Ariz.; and a number of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held in the spring.
Remembrances may be made to the Bozeman Senior Center and to the Pioneer Museum.
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 from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2010