Tina Oliver Barton passed away Feb. 18, 2015 at her home in Big Sky, Montana surrounded by her loving family. She was born Dec. 6, 1966 in Bloomington, Illinois to Robert and Marilyn (Able) Oliver.
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Tina was raised and graduated high school in El Paso, Illinois. After high school she attended Illinois Wesleyan University where she received degrees in Elementary Education and French. During college, from 1983 to 1985, she taught art at Mulberry School in Bloomington, Illinois. Following college, she moved to Big Sky, Montana to revisit where her family had vacationed while growing up. She was only planning on staying a short period of time, but she met Kevin Barton and lived there the rest of her life. The couple married on September 5, 1992 in El Paso, Illinois.
In 1992 Tina and Kevin bought Mountain View Mercantile in Big Sky. After her daughter, Julia, was born Tina became a real estate broker. She also founded JuJu skirts, a clothing company using recycled T-shirts. She had an extreme passion cooking, just this past Christmas she fed over 20 people Beef Wellington. She enjoyed art, photography, and travelling, especially to Mexico. She loved being outside, especially on beaches and boating. She enjoyed collecting and selling antiques. She was also an avid Chicago Bears fan and also supported Julia in all her events.
Tina was very generous and warm hearted. She never met a stranger in her life. She exuded warmth and was very funny and creative, especially when it came to home décor. She will be missed by her cat Roxy and her dog Happy.
Tina was preceded in death by her father, Robert Oliver. She is survived by: her husband, Kevin; daughter, Julia; mother, Marilyn; brother, Donald; mother-in-law, Connie; and many other extended family members and friends.
Memorials may be made in Tina's name to the Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center, 931 Highland Blvd., Suite 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at the Big Sky Chapel followed by a reception at Buck's T4.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 22, 2015