Mary Katherine Cass

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Katy went home to her loving Savior Jesus Christ on June 1, 2011. Born Mary Katherine Elliott on April 19, 1916, to William and Cordelia (Hubble) Elliott in Menard, Montana, she attended school at Durham, Meadowlark, and Valley View, graduating from Manhattan Senior High School in 1933. In 1937, she graduated from Bozeman Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing. She was wed to Raymond B. Cass in 1938. God blessed them with four girls, Linda, Nancy, Betty and Janet.

After the death of her dear husband, Ray, in 1954, Katy devoted her life to serving others. For her girls she was a Brownie Leader, Girl Scout Leader, and Pioneer Girls Leader, and chief taxi driver. As a member of Grace Bible Church, she worked with the nursery and VBS, and for many summers was the head cook and nurse at Hyalite Bible Camp. After the girls left home, she returned to her profession as an RN and worked for Dr. Edward King in Manhattan (1966-69) and then the Gallatin County Nursing Home until her retirement 1979. She continued working as a volunteer, training candy stripers and assisting in blood draws. In 2001, she moved to Birchwood at Hillcrest where she lived until the time of her death.

She is survived her by daughters, Nancy Gossack of Bozeman, Betty Cutshall (Brian) of Bay City, Mich., and Janet Sobek (Durward) of Billings; and by 22 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren.

Katy's husband, Ray; her daughter, Linda Gossack of Anaconda; sons-in-law, Robert Gossack and Jack Olson, of Custer, Mont., her brothers, Ed and Jack Elliot, have preceded her in death.

Katy will be missed by all, but we are all blessed having known her and we cherish the legacy she left us all.

Her family will lay her to rest at the Sunset Hills Cemetery, June 6, 2011. A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Bible Church 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 19, 2011.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mission Fund at Grace Bible Church of Bozeman or The Gideons International, PO Box 1384, Bozeman, MT 59771.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.

Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 5, 2011
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