Marylin L. Roys, 76, of Bozeman was born July 2, 1932 in Tripp, S.D., a daughter to Edward and Mary (Hupka) Lang, and died peacefully with her family present, after a short yet chronic illness, on Sept. 3, 2008. Marylin was raised in South Dakota and Nebraska and graduated from Howells High School in Howells, Neb.
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Following Marylin's graduation from high school, she followed her sister, Darlene, to the Gallatin Valley. They both became telephone operators back when operators sat at a switchboard and manually connected calls together.
Marylin then married the love of her life, Rod Roys, on July 11, 1953, in Billings, followed by a honeymoon in Red Lodge.
They made a life together in Bozeman raising two children, Deb and Dan. The family stayed close by spending quality time together, especially enjoying camping and snowmobile trips. After a retirement too early in life, Marylin and Rod built a home on Flathead Lake, soon longed for their family and friends back in Bozeman, and moved "home."
Marylin worked as a telephone operator both with "Ma Bell" and Montana State University. She then worked as a "roving" secretary in various departments at MSU, and also worked the concession counter at Bridger Bowl for several winters. Until a few weeks ago she had been the registrar at the Pioneer Museum. She absolutely loved this work and her time spent taking care of donations and memorials for the museum.
Marylin was an avid golfer and was proud to boast of her hole in one. She loved golfing with her girlfriends at Bridger Creek Golf Course, which she continued until a few weeks ago, as well as her golf vacations with Rod in their fifth-wheel camper. In years past, she also enjoyed many snowmobile adventures with their family and friends. Marylin's biggest and simplest joy was spending time with her family.
Marylin will be remembered by those closest to her as a talented "bargain" shopper, a golfer with the straightest drive, and a gal always "comfy" in her cute, warm sweatshirts.
Marylin was preceded in death by her parents;, her sister, Carole; and step-great-grandson, Quinton.
Survivors include her husband Rod; daughter and son-in-law Deborah and Brian Gertiser, son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Nancy Roys, and grandchildren Dustin (Seine) Tucker, Danika and Baxter Roys, all of Bozeman; stepsons, Neil Gertiser of San Antonio, Texas, and Keith (Marta) Gertiser of Gulf Port, Miss.; great-grandson, Cale Thomas Tucker of Bozeman; step-great-grandchildren, Ayden and Annabelle Gertiser of Gulf Port, Miss.; two sisters, Darlene (Ed) Monforton of Bozeman, and Sharon Burger of Lincoln, Neb.; two brothers, Robert (Miriam) Lang of Billings, and Raymond Lang of Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, with interment following in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Pioneer Museum, 317 W. Main St., Bozeman 59715; or to Bozeman Deaconess Hospice c/o Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, Suite 3200, 935 Highland Blvd., Bozeman 59715.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Sept. 6 to Sept. 7, 2008