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Obituary: Ann Monroe "Monte" Oliver

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                    Ann M. Oliver

Ann Monroe “Monte” Oliver was born in Helena, Montana, on July 10, 1924, to Frederick and Lillian Padbury. Monte spent her formative years in Helena with her “beautiful auburn-haired mother” and her father, a State Representative who also worked as a pharmacist near what is now known as Helena’s historic Last Chance Gulch. Monte adored her older brother, Bob, who left law school when World War II erupted to fly many B17 missions over Germany and lived to tell the tale.

Monte completed her schooling in Billings, Montana, where she lived with her beloved grandmother, Leida Conrad, maternal aunt, Evelyn “Babe” Hall, and cousin, Jack Hall. Upon graduating from Billings Senior High School, she attended Montana State College in Bozeman where she met and married Robert B. “Timer” Oliver, a Bozeman native and grandson of Montana pioneer, Judge Francis Armstrong.

Throughout much of their marriage, Monte and Timer moved back and forth between Bozeman and Seattle, Washington, due to the ups and downs of the post-war economy. Timer worked primarily in law enforcement, but also enjoyed occasional employment as a master gunsmith and big band musician. Monte supplemented the family income working part-time as a bookkeeper.

In the meantime, the couple had four children: Robin Ann, Penny, Robert M., and Paul. The family returned to Bozeman for good in 1965 and moved into the beautiful house Timer had built for them on family-owned farmland at the top of Gooch Hill. Monte loved the abundant wildlife and 360-degree views on Gooch Hill. She continued to live there after Timer’s death in 1974 for 40 more years.

Following Timer’s death, Monte worked in various retail stores in Bozeman. Primarily, though, she involved herself in community work, volunteering at the Museum of the Rockies for 21 years and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for over 30 years. She also donated her time to the Chamber of Commerce, the Food Bank and the CAP program, helping children and international students from MSU with reading English.

Monte loved music and, during her marriage, often played piano and organ duets with Timer at home in the evenings. She also had passions for hiking, cross-country skiing, golf and bridge. In fact, for many years she was an active member of three different bridge clubs. She loved word and math puzzles and often stayed up late at night working on them and various art projects. She was a member of the Middle Creek Women’s Club for 40 years and developed long-lasting friendships with many of the neighbors she met there. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, and, over the years, active in various Bible study groups. Throughout her life, she remained devoted to her children and enjoyed an especially close relationship with her grand-daughter, Karen Peterson.

On February 9, 2017, at the age of 92, Monte passed away peacefully while napping in her favorite chair. She was preceded in death by her husband, Timer, her young son, Robert, her parents, and brother, Bob. Monte is survived by her loving children: Robin Peterson of Victoria, British Columbia, and Penny Oliver-Hall, son-in-law, Robert Hall, and Paul Oliver, all of Bozeman. She also leaves behind two grandchildren, Karen and David Peterson, her intrepid sister-in-law, Jane Oliver Sunderland of Kansas City, Missouri, three great-grand-children, and many nieces and nephews. Her family and friends will always miss this active, fun-loving and deeply affectionate woman.

A memorial service is planned for this June.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.  www.dokkennelson.com

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