Paula M. Bittner, 38, of Gardiner, died at her home, Tuesday, April 1, 2008. Paula was born Jan. 23, 1970, to Darrell D. and Laura E. (Warnick) Bittner in Livingston.
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In 1988, she graduated from Gardiner High School as a straight-A student. Soon after graduating from high school, she went to work in the fire assayer at Mineral Hill Mine in Jardine. After Mineral Hill Mine shut down, she went to work for the National Park Service as a dispatcher and was later promoted to a property management technician.
She was married to James A. Clarke on July 14, 1990, in Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. They were later divorced.
Paula was an avid outdoorswoman who enjoyed hiking, snowmobiling and sightseeing. She adored gardening, cooking, family gatherings, looking after her two cats, and treasured spending time with her many family members and friends. Paula will forever be remembered as a fun-loving person and will be missed greatly by her family and friends.
Paula is survived by her 15-year-old son, James Bradley Clarke, and her mother, Laura E. Bittner, both of Gardiner. Also surviving is her ex-husband and lifelong friend, James A. Clarke of Gardiner; grandmother-in-law Madonna Shepherd of Spokane, Wash.; two half-brothers, two half-sisters and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and father-in-law.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 4, 2008 at Franzen-Davis Funeral Home, 118 N. Third St., Livingston with the Rev. Harlan Durgan of Livingston Congregational Church officiating. Graveside committal and burial will follow in Strickland Creek Cemetery, South of Livingston. Following the graveside committal, there will be a gathering of friends and family at Brisbin Hall, everyone is welcome.
If desired, memorial donations may be directed to the Gardiner Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 111, Gardiner, MT 59030.
Franzen-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory
118 North Third Street
Livingston, MT 59047
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 4, 2008