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Olive Clair (Millard) Ezell, 84, of Great Falls, a retired home healthcare worker, died of natural causes Friday, April 27, at a local care fa-cility.

A vigil is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel. The funeral liturgy is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Black Eagle, with committal in Mount Olivet Cemetery to follow. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Olive was born in Melrose, Wis., on May 25, 1927, the fourth of ten children. At the age of 15, she met William (Tex) Ezell. Five days after her 16th birthday, on May 30, 1943, they married. They moved to Collins, where Tex worked for the railroad. They had daughters Sylvia and Mary. Then, six years later, Billy was born and eight years after that, Tammy. Olive and Tex worked managing and working in many restaurants. Olive was known for her phenomenal pies and baking. Olive and Tex divorced in 1962.

After a fall, Olive was forced to change careers, went to commercial college and then worked for the Home Insurance Company until it closed. At the age of 58 she again went to school for training in home health care, and she continued to work as a home health care aide into her 70s. She volunteered in many activities with disabled children especially the Cerebral Palsy Bowling League, of which Tammy was a member.

She was a member of the Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, the V.F.W., Insurance Women, the Eagles Lodge and R.S.V.P. Her love for music led her to sing in the Methodist church choir for over 50 years. She sang with the Sweet Adeline's and Great Falls Har-mony Group. For the past 30 plus years, Olive sang with the Swinging Seniors at many retirement and nursing homes every month. She was secretary and scheduled the performances for most of those years. With all her volunteering, Olive's number one priority was the oversee-ing and caring for Tammy.

Olive was a very devoted member of the Methodist church all through her life until this past March 22, when her desire for the Eucharist and her strong belief that it was actually and truly the body and blood of Jesus Christ, compelled her to be received into the Catholic church. However, this did not change her love for her many beloved friends in the Methodist church and those in the many Bible studies and church services she had attended. Some highlights of her life were the many times she drove to Wisconsin to attend family reunions or other events.

Olive is survived by her daughters, Sylvia (Chuck) Harant of Black Eagle and Tammy Ezell of Great Falls; grandchildren Sarah (Rory) Peck of Black Eagle, Jenny (Mark) Grasseschi of Black Eagle, Dawn (Dave) Bushard of Black Eagle, Koni Kangas of Sacramento, Calif., Lori (Bert) Brown of International Falls, Minn., and Kaylene (Michael) Kuchkahan of International Falls; foster granddaughter Shana (Greg) Chapman of Great Falls; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; brother Spencer (Phyllis) Millard of Wisconsin; sister Vernice (Clarence) Sanders of Highwood; and numerous very special nieces and nephews, as well as a multitude of extended family and friends.

Olive was preceded in death by her son, Billy Ezell; her daughter, Mary Taylor; her parents, Samuel and Catherine (Abbott) Millard; brothers Fillmore, Gile, Eugene and Lee; sisters Charlotte, Ila and Lula; and many extended family and friends.

Memorials to Corpus Christi Adoration, 410 22nd Ave. N. E., Great Falls, MT 59404 are suggested.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 6, 2012
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