Mena Sayler (1914 - 2011)

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Mena Sayler was born in a little sod house on the prairie on Nov. 23, 1914, to Valentine and Frances (Braun) Muth. Ellingson, S.D., was home for many years. She passed away Dec. 2, 2011, in Bozeman at the age of 97.

Mena attended a little country school two miles from home, riding horseback with her brothers and one sister.

She met and later married Gideon Sayler in Strool, S.D., on her 23rd birthday in 1937. They lived in South Dakota until 1950 when they sold the farm and moved to Bozeman, settling on a ranch in Bridger Canyon.

She called herself the number one right-hand hired man, milking cows, hauling bales and everything connected with farming and ranching. In 1971, they sold the ranch in Bridger Canyon, "leaving all the hard work to someone else," retired and moved to Belgrade. Before leaving the ranch she found a use for all extra or worn out gears, wheels, sprockets, tractor seats, disks and all unusual machinery parts and horse paraphernalia. From these she fashioned various items, tables, chairs, wall decorations, lamps, quilt stands and much more. She made "wutch-a-mu-call-its," her words for anything she couldn't describe. Later on she went into making polyester quilts and either tied or hand-quilted them.

Gideon and Mena both donated much labor in building the "new" Seventh-day Adventist church on 15th Avenue in Bozeman.

Mena was preceded in death by her three brothers, one sister, and her husband, Gideon in 1978.

She is survived by her daughter, Helen Dahl of Bozeman; four grandchildren, Donald, Debra, Darla and Dennis; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She now rests from her labors. If desired, memorials may be sent in her name to Quiet Hour, P.O. Box 3000, Redlands, CA 92373.

Private family services will be held.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
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Bozeman, MT 59715
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 11, 2011
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