Phyllis DeWald Travis

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Phyllis DeWald Travis was born in New Jersey to Dean Travis and Gladys Travis on Oct. 19, 1935. She went to school there and worked there until 1959, when she met the love of her life Jack Bowles on a dude ranch vacation. They met in July, and by Christmas of that same year, Jack went to New Jersey and told Phyllis that he wasn't leaving without her. They were married on Jan. 11, 1959, and in an instant, Phyllis's life went from ballroom dancing to barn dancing. She was very proud to say that the first house she lived in was in Big Sky….but that was when no one else lived there.

In 1960, along with their new son Chip, they moved to the Beardsley Stock Ranch in Ennis, where Jack would be the manager until 1977. One of Phyllis's passions while she was there was bird hunting. If asked she would often say "Give me my shotgun, a good German Shorthair and a field full of Hungarian Partridges." While there, a second son, Jud, came along. Phyllis was always wrapped up helping the boys with 4H or rodeo or something. She enjoyed the animals more than they did.

In 1977 Phyllis started a new adventure. She and Ginny Combs partnered up and bought the Ennis Trading Post, where she was affectionately known as "The Mother on Main Street". After many years, she sold the store to stay home and take care of Jack.

Phyllis was a tough lady, but was quick to laugh and even quicker to help someone in need. She loved to tell a great story.

Phyllis is survived by one brother, Dean Travis of Big Fork, two sons, Chip Bowles and Jud Bowles, one grandson, Drew Bowles, one granddaughter, Tiffany Jones, and 5 great-grandchildren.

Phyllis is going to be missed by many, but we all know that she and Big Jack are dancing in a green meadow somewhere.

Phyllis didn't want a service, her ashes will be scattered with Jack. There will be a gathering at Phyllis's house on the 20th of August at 1:00. If you would like to join us, please RSVP at or leave a message at 406-682-7317. We ask that you please bring a side or a dessert.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Aug. 14 to Aug. 16, 2016
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