Winne Jane (Gibson) Keil, 85, passed away peacefully at Springmeadows Assited Living in Bozeman on Friday, June 14, 2013. She was born to Frank Gibson and Winnie Jane (Keltz) Gibson on April 15, 1928 in Clyde Park.
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Jane graduated from Belgrade High School in 1946 attending all 12 years there. On July 1, 1950 she married Keith "Bud" Keil, who had been a lifelong classmate graduating in 1946 as well.
She made her career in banking and worked at several banks in the valley, as well as Whitefish. Bud's job took them to Great Falls and they returned to the Gallatin Valley, where Bud and Jane were co-owners and operators of the Rainbow Motel in Bozeman. After several years of being in the motel business they returned to Great Falls and retired there.
Jane loved to crochet, bowl and enjoyed many activities at their place at Hauser Lake.
Winters were spent in Arizona and in 2005 they made their home permanently in Welton, Ariz. Bud passed away in January of 2010. Jane returned to Bozeman in March of that year.
Jane is survived by three sisters; Helen, Jensen (Mark), Nellie Ricketts (Bob) of Wenatchee, Wash. Becky Preston (Bill) of Mesa, Ariz.; and two brothers, Home Gibson (Jean) of Helena, Burt Gibson (Kathy) of St. George, Utah; and brother-in-law Jay Keil of Belgrade. Sisters-in-law include Stella Flansburg of Hot Springs, Natalie Shell of Great Falls, Doris Gibson of Belgrade, Evah Flaten of Belgrade, Shirley Thunem of Littleton, Colo., Nell Keil of Billings, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, four brothers; Clyde, Claude, Ed and Chuck, one sister Hazel Delano, and her dog Penny.
Cremation has taken place and at her request no service is planned. Donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Montana or the
. The family would like to thank Hospice of Southwest Montana, the staff at Springmeadows and Dr. Borgenicht.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 16, 2013