Maryetta Hodgskiss passed away May 12, 2022 surrounded by love and her family at Benefis Teton Medical Center. Maryetta was born January 15, 1930 in Denton, MT to Fred and Etta Lahr who homesteaded there. Growing up on the farm in Denton, she participated in 4-H, winning a trip to the National 4-H Congress in Chicago for Leadership. She graduated from Denton High School in May of 1948.
Maryetta attended and graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor's degree in Registered Nursing in December 1953. She was very proud to have had the highest score in her graduating class on her nursing test. During her time in Bozeman, she worked for Student Health at MSU and in the Bozeman hospital. She also worked at the Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls in the maternity ward in the summers.
In the spring of 1954, Maryetta took a nursing position at the hospital in Choteau. Shortly after moving to Choteau, she met Henry Wilson Hodgskiss, a World War II veteran and local rancher. They were set up on a blind date by mutual friends, and were married several months later on August 8,1954 in Denton, Montana. Maryetta and Wilson raised four children together on their ranch on Deep Creek where they raised beef cattle and in the early years, sheep. They were married for 43 years until Wilson's passing.
Faith was a large part of Maryetta's life and professed Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Maryetta spent much of her time teaching Sunday school, leading 4-H and Girl Scouts, and as an active member of the United Methodist Women's Organization, serving as President. She also was very involved in the local Investment club and the Red Hat Society. Maryetta was a past Matron in the Order of Eastern Star and an active member of the Choteau Nile Club. She also worked at the Red Cross blood drive for many years. Her biggest passions in life were her family, volunteering, traveling, and genealogy. She enjoyed cooking, reading, embroidery, and spending time with her kids and grandkids. Maryetta loved to play cards and games. Maryetta attended many 4-H fairs, FFA events, sport games and events as possible and was her grandchildren's biggest fan. She especially loved being included on family trips. On one of her favorite trips was to Disney World and a Disney cruise where she was able to go snorkeling and ride roller coasters with her grandchildren. Maryetta spent the last 3 years of her life at Choteau Beehive Assisted Living Home where she received exceptional care and was loved by the staff like family.
Maryetta is survived by her brother, Fred Lahr, Lewistown, MT, sister in law Helen(Ike) Hodgskiss, Choteau, MT, children, Donna Johnson, Hot Springs, MT, Bonnie Thies (Henry), Cut Bank, MT, Carol Wilson (Bruce) Bozeman, MT, and Lyle Hodgskiss (Beth Ann), Choteau, MT. Grandchildren include Janel Johnson, St. Regis, MT, Charlene Johnson, Tulsa, OK, Amber Wilson, Bozeman, MT, Logan Hodgskiss, Vienna, Austria, Taylor Hodgskiss, Chicago,IL, Connor Hodgskiss, Choteau Area, MT, Sarah Bock (Dan), Lewistown, MT, and Sarah Thies, Lafayette, IN. Maryetta had many nieces and nephews who were an important part of her life who she loved spending time with. Also many cousins and extended family and friends. Maryetta was blessed with many lifelong friends including Billie Lou Arnot of Utica, MT from nursing school and her special friend Cecil Cole of Choteau, MT.
Maryetta was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Henry Wilson Hodgskiss, mother Etta Lahr, father Fred Lahr, sister Marjorie Kraft, half-brothers Raymond Brown and Alvin Brown, and many other dearly loved family and friends.
There will be a viewing Friday, May 20th from 6-7:30 at the Gorder Jensen Funeral Home. Maryetta's funeral will be held at the United Methodist Church in Choteau at 1pm on Saturday, May 21st, 2022, service and reception to follow.
Maryetta cared deeply for the following organizations. Memorials may be sent to the Teton County 4-H Program, Choteau Education Foundation, or Benefis Teton Medical Center Foundation.
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