Retired ranchwife, homemaker and community volunteer Anne (Pollock) Dellwo, 86, of Bynum died on March 19, 2022, at Benefis Teton Medical Center in Choteau after a brief illness.
Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home in Choteau is handling arrangements. A private family service is planned with interment on the family ranch west of Bynum.
Anne was born on Feb. 9, 1936, in Great Falls, the only child of Duard Rolla and Jeanne (Knowlton) Pollock.
She lived with her parents on their ranch west of Bynum in the Blackleaf. Anne attended the Blackleaf Elementary School and then went to high school in Choteau, graduating from Choteau High School in 1953.
After high school, she attended Phillips Business College in Van Nuys, California. After college, she moved to Billings and worked for two years for the Gulf Oil Co.
She married Lawrence E. Dellwo on Sept. 3, 1955, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Choteau.
In the fall of 1956, they moved to Bozeman, where Larry attended college. The young couple moved to Choteau in 1958. and Larry began working for the Teton County Appraiser John Peterson. They bought a house in the south part of Choteau, which their sons, Duke and Joe, still own.
They moved to the Pollock Ranch in the Blackleaf in July of 1960, trading houses with Duard and Jeanne.
Through the years, Anne did all the many jobs of a ranchwife, cooking, cleaning, baking, caring for ailing calves, and helping with the work of all the seasons. She was a vibrant, intelligent woman who was also committed to her community and to the ranching industry.
Anne was a charter member of the Teton County Cattlewomen in 1975 and served as president of the organization for two four-year terms. She also served as a district director for the Montana Cattlewomen for two years, and served on the Board of Directors of the Beef Performance Association.
A faithful member of her parish, Ann belonged to the Catholic Ladies Auxiliary and served two terms as president. She also served on the St. Joseph's Finance Council and was a religious education teacher.
Anne took a deep interest in local history and culture. She served on the Board of Directors of the Metis Cultural Recovery Trust, the Friends of Old Agency and the Old Trail Museum. She did ranch tours for the Nature Conservancy's Pine Butte Preserve and Guest Ranch for seven years, and also gave tours of the Old North Trail as a benefit for the Old Trail Museum.
Anne participated in school tours for several years with students from Choteau and Browning, introducing them to historical areas along the Rocky Mountain Front.
She also was a past member of the Choteau Soroptimist Club and had served on the Rocky Mountain Front Advisory Committee.
Anne's joy came from spending time with her family, working with her husband, raising their two sons and welcoming daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as their family expanded.
Anne lived life to the fullest. She faced challenges, particularly with her health, but she never allowed those challenges to limit her zest for life. She loved the ranch life and the beauty of the Rocky Mountain Front.
She is survived by her husband and sons, Duke (Velvet) Dellwo and Joe (Dana) Dellwo, all of whom live on the ranch west of Bynum; her grandchildren, Shane (Kylie) Dellwo and Chase (Becca) Dellwo, both of Choteau, Jamie (Sharman) Dellwo of Simms and Summer (Brian) Foran of Winifred; eight great-grandchildren; and many nephews, nieces and extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the Old Trail Museum, 823 Main Ave. N., Choteau, MT 59422. Condolences may be left on-line at www.gorderjensenfuneralhome.com