Thelma Crouse (1917 - 2008)

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Our loving mother, Thelma, passed away on March 20, 2008, at age 91, following a fall from which she could not recover. She will be missed dearly by her family on earth but will rejoice in reunion with her family in Heaven.

Thelma was born to Christian and Minnie Beyer in East Helena on Feb. 1, 1917, the fourth of their five children born in the shadow of the "big stack" at the copper smelter, where her father spent most of his career.

The family had little money but, she often fondly remembered, lots of sharing. She carried the sharing gene into her married life and certainly shared it with her own family.

Thelma worked in Helena during World War II on the mimeograph, producing the ration coupons for many of the items rationed during that time of national sacrifice.

She married Charles Crouse, from Dillon, on Sept. 14, 1947, and moved to Bozeman, where they settled for the duration and raised two boys, Stanley and Kerry.

Among her many activities, the one probably most appreciated by her family was her magic with cooking, baking and preserving food. It was truly a step down for the rest of her family to go out to dinner on Mother's Day! Her pickles won prizes at the Montana Winter Fair in Bozeman like clockwork.

Thelma was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles; her parents; and her siblings, Cliff, Hank, Dolly and Norman.

She is survived by her sons, Kerry (Lindi) and Stanley (Michele) in Arvada, Colo.; her grandchildren, Kevin and Colette; and by a number of nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and -nephews.

The family wishes to express their thankfulness for Thelma's caregivers, Nancy and her daughter, Irene, who showered her with love and attentiveness during her final 2 1/2 months confined to her home.

A private family service was held at Sunset Hills Cemetery following cremation.

Memorials can be sent to Bozeman Deaconess Hospice, 915 Highland Blvd., Bozeman MT 59715.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 23, 2008
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