Olive Lorraine "Nanny" Todd, 87, a very-much-loved mother and grandmother, passed away on Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, in Helena, with her family at her side.
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Olive was born Feb. 8, 1921, in Belgrade to Olive and William McGuire. The fifth child of the couple, Olive used to joke that they didn't have a name for her until it was time for her to start school. She grew up in Springhill, just outside of Belgrade.
After graduating from Belgrade High School, she married Adrian John "A.J." Martin, and together they raised two children, Marvin and Carol in Three Forks. A.J. passed away in 1970.
In 1973 Olive married Lee Todd, and together they made a home in Havre. After several years of snowbirding, they retired to Casa Grande, Ariz., in the mid 1990s. Lee preceded her in death in 2004, and she moved back to Helena to be closer to her family shortly after.
Olive loved life and found humor in lots of places. She loved doing crossword puzzles and other activities that helped keep her mind active and body moving. In her stories she talked about how she loved traveling when she was younger, and especially having good times with good friends. Since returning to Helena, she enjoyed her "afternoon beer" and shopping trips with her close companion and granddaughter, Susan, who helped her with many activities of life and helped her to keep living independently. She also enjoyed regular walks around her neighborhood and talking with friends.
She is survived by her children, Marvin Martin of Slidell, La., Carol (Terry) Bass of Helena, and Sharon Todd of Denver. She leaves behind 11 grandchildren: Susan (Rich) Proul, Stacey (Chris) Petersen, Jon (Becky) Bass, Alisa (Chris) Thom, Jeff (Meg) Martin, Steven (Robin) Martin, Theresa Coski, Shelley Arwood, Penny Whiting, Krissy Gillispie and John Lee Gillispie. She had 18 great-grandchildren, and was excited about having a great-great-grandchild due this spring.
Cremation has taken place. At Olive's request, a funeral will not be held; however. a private family gathering will be held in the future to celebrate her life.
Memorials may be sent to the charity of the donor's choosing.
Local arrangements have been entrusted to Hagler-Anderson Funeral Home in Helena.
650 Logan Street
Helena, MT 59601
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 31, 2008