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Obituary: Elvina Caroline Huether Black

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Elvina Caroline Huether Black passed away peacefully on July 4, 2017, at the age of 94. She was born in Rockyford, Alberta, Canada on March 11, 1923, one of twin daughters born to Sarah Suzle and Albert Huether. Her early years were spent on a farm with her five siblings in the community of Carbon. When she was eleven years old, her three brothers, Delbert, Willard, and Donavon, along with her two sisters, Ina and Della, were involved in a runaway wagon accident that left Elvina with a severely crushed right arm. Her parents were extremely poor due to the depression and local doctors were not qualified to treat her injury. One of the locals secured an opportunity for Elvina to travel to a city hospital where experimental techniques were used. After months of unsuccessful treatment, Elvina had to adjust to life with just one arm.

Being handicapped never defined her life. She was now a year behind her twin in school but a good student, even attending Canadian Union College. In 1943 Elvina came to Montana and lived with friends. She secured a job with Dick and Lois Hargrove, cooking, canning, and gardening on their ranch near Gallatin Gateway. Through their community friendships, she was introduced to Bill Black, a neighboring rancher, whom she married on December 29, 1949. Their wedding occurred in Calgary, Canada with the temperature hovering around forty below zero. Spring found the young couple living in a sheep wagon and enduring the rigors of ranch life near Gallatin Gateway, MT.

Elvina and Bill moved to Salt Lake City in 1950 but medical issues with Bill's father brought them back to the Black Ranch in 1951. There she began her life as a mother and farm wife. She drove grain truck, cooked for a multitude of hired men, and cleaned and managed a busy household, all the while raising her two children. Her son, Doug, says he was the only boy in kindergarten who could tie his shoes with one hand!

Generosity and graciousness were characteristic of Elvina. She was a lifelong member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bozeman where she often volunteered. Her creativity was perhaps most apparent in her ability as a seamstress; she made beautiful clothes, quilts, and adorable stuffed animals. In 2011 her husband of sixty-one years passed away. After living alone for almost three years she decided to move into the Bozeman Lodge. There she made new friends and shared her delightful sense of humor and her coy smile.

She is survived by her daughter, Verla Black Wade of Seattle, WA; son, Doug (Linda) Black of Gallatin Gateway; sister-in-law, Amy Black; and sister Della (Joe) Trenchuck. Her two grandsons, Jared (Jessica) Black and Bayard (Shannon) Black, live on the land she helped preserve for them, as well as seven great-grandchildren who assure her legacy will be remembered. Private family services will be held.

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

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