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Marie Brewer

July 18, 1920 — August 14, 2013

Marie Lorraine (Lahd) Brewer, 93, of Dillon passed away August 14, 2013 at the Legacy Assisted Living in Dillon. She was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada on July 18, 1920, the youngest of John and Helen Lahd's eight children.

At the age of three she and her family moved to a farm near Fishtail, Montana. During her childhood they moved several times. She graduated from Fergus County High School in 1938. After receiving a teaching permit from Billings Normal School, she taught in rural schools in Meagher County, including the Ringling School. In Ringling she met William Brewer and they married on August 5, 1947. Together they raised six children. Bill's employment with the Milwaukee Railroad resulted in many moves over the course of their life together.

After her husband passed away in 1989, Marie remained in Ringling for several years. Due to the distance for medical care, she moved to the Homestead Manor in Townsend, and then to Choteau where she resided at the Skyline Lodge. In 2011 she made her last move to the Legacy Assisted Living in Dillon.

Marie greatly loved children and enjoyed being a homemaker. She was an excellent cook and loved to bake Norwegian goodies. She always had a huge garden and spent hours canning and preserving fruits and vegetables for her family. She was an avid reader and liked nothing better than to play board and card games. Her favorite was pinochle, which she enjoyed even to the last days of her life.

Marie loved to visit and entertained family and friends with her stories and conversation.

She was raised in a generation which valued old time family traditions and high moral standards. She lived her life to uphold those standards. She was a wonderful mom, grandma, aunt, sister, and friend to all she met. She will be dearly missed.

Marie is survived by her children: Richard (Kim) Brewer of Helena, Julie (Woody) Ameline of Choteau, Jack (Roxanne) Brewer of Townsend, Ron (Dee) Brewer of Helena, Linda (Scott) Marsh of Dillon, and Allen (Sandy) Brewer of Winston. She was blessed with 17 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include her sister-in-law Betty Jean Brewer of Spokane, Washington, many nieces and nephews, her dear friend Vi Anderson of Billings, and her "Legacy family" in Dillon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, and all her siblings.

Graveside rites will be held at the Mayn Cemetery in White Sulpher Springs at 1:00 PM on Friday August 23, 2013. A reception will directly follow at the Yoked Lutheran-Presbyterian Parish in White Sulpher. Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home of Choteau is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at

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