RoAnn Thomas Nelson, 71, of Bozeman, passed away at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Jan. 9, 2008, due to heart failure during surgery.
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RoAnn was born to John "Jack" Thomas and Ellen Thomas in Great Falls on Aug. 9, 1936. She attended elementary school through 6th grade in Great Falls, before moving with her family to Miles City in 1947. She graduated from Custer County High School in 1954. She attended Custer County Junior College and Eastern Montana College in Billings. RoAnn was an excellent scholar, was drum majorette for her high school band for two years and enjoyed leading the high school band during many parades in eastern Montana.
During her high school years (senior), RoAnn was employed by Mountain States Telephone and later worked for Foster Drug Store and Federal Land Bank in Miles City. She was employed by the County Treasurer of Yellowstone County while living in Billings.
RoAnn and Marvin Nelson were united in marriage on Oct. 14, 1961, in Miles City. She was a wonderful homemaker, mother, wife, sister, aunt and friend. She established homes for her family in Billings, Canyon Ferry (Helena), Montana City, Phoenix, Virginia Beach, Va., and Palmdale, Calif. during her lifetime.
RoAnn is survived by her husband Marvin, daughter Valerie Ann (Jeff) Jorgenson, grandchildren Jacob Jorgenson and Jessica Jorgenson, all of Bozeman, and her sister Edna Jo Bang of Miles City along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son Brad of Helena and her sister Connie Zinda of Miles City.
Cremation has taken place, and a gravesite service will be scheduled at a later date at Forestvale Cemetery in Helena. Any memorials can be made to the donor's choice. RoAnn was especially fond of Eagle Mount of Bozeman, which provides disability rehabilitation.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 14, 2008