11/11/27 – 4/21/13
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Mary Lou Adamson Rogstad passed away peacefully in San Diego, Calif., on April 21, 2013. She was born in Great Falls, Mont., to Thomas and Marjorie Adamson of Bozeman. Mary Lou and her family lived on East Babcock in Bozeman and were well-known in the community.
Mary Lou had a beautiful singing voice and was very active in theater and church. She especially loved performing with dance bands, entertaining audiences that included soldiers returning from World War II.
Mary Lou attended Montana State University, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She was voted 'Sweetheart of Lamda Chi' by the fraternity. It was in college that she met her first husband, John V. Clark, an Army Airforce pilot, just returned from the war. They eventually moved to Seattle, where they raised their three children.
Mary Lou and her second husband, Thomas Rogstad, built a home on Fox Island, Wash., where she eventually retired from the public school system as an administrative assistant. Mary Lou continued to share her love of music with her family and friends. She loved to be surrounded by her children and grandchildren, along with all of their friends.
Mary Lou's memory declined in later years, but not her spirit, sense of humor and beautiful singing voice. Whether it was out shopping with her daughter or receiving care in the hospital, Mary Lou's blue eyes, wide smile and spontaneous singing lit up every room she entered. Her endless compliments always made everyone around her feel unique and special. Age may have clouded her thoughts, but it never diminished her endless optimism and positive spirit.
Mary Lou is survived by her loving children, Thomas (Angela) Clark of Renton, Wash.; Susan (Ray) Lewis of San Diego, Calif.; and Dwight (Jeanette) Clark of Greencastle, Pa. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, John, Casey and Maryjane Clark.
Mary Lou's children and grandchildren take great comfort in knowing they can fill the void of her passing with endless loving memories of her smile, voice and sense of humor. She was a kind, compassionate and eternally optimistic person.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 29, 2013