Mary Virginia Kimmins Clutter passed away March 29, 2011. She was born July 20, 1920, in Wheeling, W.Va., to Abner Lynn Kimmins and Ethel McWhorter Kimmins. She had one sister; Lois Kimmins Spindler Kopper of Wheeling, W.Va.; and one brother, Robert Lynn Kimmins of Warren, Ohio.
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She is preceded in death by her parents; sister; brother; beloved sister-in-law, Barbara Kimmins; great-granddaughter, Bronwyn MacDonald; and husband, Donald.
On June 22, 1940, she married Donald Bradford Clutter of West Finlay, Pa. They moved to Warren, Ohio, early in 1942, where Don worked as a machinist for the war effort. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years, returning to work after her family was grown. She worked as a cook in the executive dining room at Packard Electric in Warren and later became head cook at Champion High School for many years.
Mary moved to Bozeman in 1989. She quickly became busy working part-time in the kitchen of the Bozeman School system, assisting her good friend, Eleanor Rogers, with her sewing business, and volunteering at the Living History Farm at the Museum of the Rockies and the Community Food Coop. She attended Grand Avenue Christian Church.
She is survived in her immediate family by son and daughter-in-law, Charles Lynn and Delores Clutter of Johnson, Ohio; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Richard James; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Diana Cooksey Clutter; Bill MacDonald and Kathye Wolter, all of Bozeman. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Brian (Colleen) MacDonald of Olympia, Wash., Amy (H. William) Erlanson of Orland, Maine, Jason (Patricia) MacDonald of Wasilla, Alaska, Bruce (Laura) Clutter of Delaware, Ohio, Tracy (Greg) Omerzo of North Bloomfield, Ohio, and Lucas Clutter of Bozeman; and 13 great-grandchildren: Abigail, William, Virginia, and Andrew Erlanson of Orland, Maine, Connor, Lena, Grace, Samuel, and Jase MacDonald of Wasilla, Alaska, Brinn Clutter of Delaware, Ohio, Hunter and Wyatt Omerzo of North Bloomfield, Ohio. She is also survived by her nieces, Susan (Rick) Cozadd of Warren, Ohio, Kathi Kimmins of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; and nephew, William L. Spindler of Turnersville, N.J.
Mary made friends everywhere she went. She was always ready at a moment's notice to host a dinner party or help peel a basket of apples. She had a nice word and smile for all she met. She will be sorely missed but in our hearts forever.
Gone, yet not forgotten
Although we are apart your
spirit lives within me forever in my heart.
Cremation has taken place. Arrangements for a celebration of Mary's life are pending.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you may make a donation to a charity of your choice.
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 on Mar. 31, 2011