Sylvia Bartness Paulson died at her home in Poulsbo, Wash. on Aug. 22, 2014. She was 94 years old. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 13 at New Hope Lutheran Ministry at 3125 5th Ave. S. in Great Falls.
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Born Jan. 6, 1920 during a Minnesota blizzard, Sylvia was not expected to survive because her mother had pneumonia and was too sick to care for her. A neighbor fed her with a washcloth dipped in warm milk until her mother recovered. That early endurance and strength carried Sylvia through a full life of nearly ten decades.
She was the second of four children born to Stella and Carl Arthur Bartness in Manchester, Minn. She was an honor student and a member of the select glee club at Albert Lea High School. She attended Mankato State Teachers College, the University of Minnesota and the College of Great Falls. She was a teacher for five years until she married Orrin Paulson in 1945. They moved to Great Falls in 1946, where they owned and operated Montana Hatcheries (later, Western Hatcheries) until their retirement in 1986.
She was a founding member of Faith Lutheran Church, where she devoted countless hours of service, teaching Sunday School, participating in Circle and directing and singing in the choir.
Sylvia loved to dance at the Elks Club on Saturday date nights with Orrin. She played the organ and the piano and loved classical music. She enjoyed cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and hiking at the family cabin in Lincoln. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, when she made Norwegian cookies and lefse and piled beautifully wrapped presents under the tree. She was a tiny, feisty woman with a great sense of humor, and made people laugh even during her final illness.
She is survived by daughter, Althea (Dan Mallove) of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and son, Daryl Paulson (Marsha) of Bozeman. She is also survived by grandchildren, Zach, Nate and Jake Mallove, Sasha Brann and Talia Martin (Jamal), and great-grandchildren, Amaya and Savana Martin.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, Orrin, and siblings, Chester, Marge and Carl.
Memorials may be made to New Hope Lutheran Ministry.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 3, 2014