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Olive Shaw Wuerthner

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Olive Shaw Wuerthner

Great Falls - Olive Shaw Wuerthner, "Ollie Wuerthner", an artist, a teacher and beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on July 8, 2018, in Jordan, Montana, following a long illness. She had been a resident of Great Falls for many years.

The youngest of three children, she was born on October 1, 1924 in Medicine Lake, Montana. She attended schools in Medicine Lake, MT, Minot, ND and Billings,MT. Following graduation from high school in Billings, she moved to Great Falls and studied art and education at the College of Great Falls.

She married Marvin Shaw in 1946. Marvin's son, Marvin, Jr., who had been living with his grandmother during World War II, moved into the family home in Great Falls. Later, two daughters, Becky and Joye, were born.

Olive came close to drowning in a riptide off the coast of California as a child and had been afraid of water. However, as a young mother and homemaker, she responded to an ad in the Great Falls Tribune entitled: Housewives Learn to Swim, and took swimming lessons at the Great Falls Natatorium. She excelled at swimming and especially enjoyed diving in perfect form. She became a water safety instructor and taught swimming lessons privately and at Paris Gibson Junior High.

After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, she taught fourth grade classes at Emerson and Chief Joseph Schools, retiring in 1985. A member of Big Sky Scribes, she excelled in calligraphy and painting in watercolor. It was evident to everyone who knew Olive that she had an especially joyful attitude toward life and others.

Olive became a widow when Marvin passed away in a tragic car accident in 1970. In 1991, she married John Wuerthner who passed away in 2000. Because of health problems and to be near her daughters, Olive moved to Helena in 2008 where she lived at the Waterford Retirement Home and then in 2009 moved to the Garfield County Health Center in Jordan, MT. The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at the Garfield County Health Center for their sincere thoughtfulness in her care.

Preceding her in death, other than her husbands, were her parents and her brother and sister. Olive leaves two daughters, Becky Shaw of Helena and Joye (Clyde) Saylor of Jordan; a son, Marvin Shaw, Jr. (Marlene) of Houston, Texas, grandsons, Ken (Kei) Gilmer of Lake Forest, CA, Sam (Natalie) Gilmer of Bozeman and granddaughters, Joli (Mike) Mathis of Bridger and Kade Shaw of Billings; and four great-grandchildren.

At her request, no services are planned at this time. Memorials in her name may be sent to the Great Falls Rescue Mission, Great Falls Animal Shelter, the , the McLaughlin Research Institute for Biomedical Sciences at or to a . Please share memories and condolences at
Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 11, 2018
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