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Please extend your condolences to Don Larson whose Mother, Jean, passed away on November 12.

Jean  (Mary Jane) Robertson Larson, 90 years-old, peacefully passed on November 12, 2015 at Aspen Gardens Assisted Living, Helena, while under hospice care and surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Jean was bron on June 15, 1925, in Three Forks, to Reuben and Edith Robertson.  Jean was the youngest child, having an older brother, James Robertston.  The family lived in Three Forks for six months before moving to Livingston, where she lived until August 2015.

After graduating from Park County High School (PCHS) she was employed as a legal secretary until she met and married Leonard H. Larson.  Jean and Leonard were married for 49 years until Leonard's passing in 1989.  The couple raised two sons, Donald and Rob, and two daughters, Linnea and Kris.

Jean possessed a contagious smile, an entertaining sense of humor, and a zest for living.  Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many who were forever changed by her constant nurturing love and faith.  She was an avid bridge player, enjoyed keeping up on the local news, and gave her time to help those in the church and community.

Jean is survived by her sons Donald and Rob Larson (Kim Uhrich Larson) and daughter Kris Larson (Tom Golnar).  Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Reuben and Edith, her brother, James, her husband, Leonard, and her daughter, Linnea.

The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support in many heartfelt forms from too many people to name individually, including the staff of Frontier Home Health and Hospice in Livingston, and the caring, attentive team at Aspen Gardens in Helena.

A celebration of life will be held in Spring 2016 in Livingston, with internment at Mountain View Memorial.  You may express your condolences online at Jean Larson Obituary or by mail to: The Larson Family, 612 Oxford Drive, Bozeman, MT  59715

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Larson Family Scholarship Fund which awards Park County High School seniors with engineering or math scholarships to Montana State University.  To donate online:  Larson Family Scholarship Fund - select "Academics" and find the "other" option at the bottom of the page and then type in "Larson Family Scholarship Fund", or mail a donation to Montana State University Alumni Foundation, 1501 South 11th Avenue, Bozeman, MT  59715, or to call directly: 406-994-7099.  The Larson family will match any donated funds to MSU up to $10,000.

We extend our most sincere condolences to Kathi Ellison Hanawalt on the recent loss of her Mother ~

Emma Marie Ellison

Emma Marie Ellison, 86, of Livingston, Montana passed away on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, after a short illness. At the time of her death, Emma was a resident of Elsie’s Assisted Living in Belgrade, Montana. A brief graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Mountain View Cemetery in Big Timber, with a formal Celebration of Life to follow in the spring of 2016.

Emma was born on Feb. 6, 1929, at the family ranch near McLeod, Montana. She was the youngest of 11 children born to her parents, William and Emma (Kruse) Elges.  Emma received her early education in a school house built on the ranch property. She completed her elementary and high school education in Livingston. After graduation from Park County High School in 1946, Emma became one of the first employees of KPRK radio station.

In 1948, Emma married Orval Ellison. The couple began married life in a ranch in Paradise Valley, but later took over the family property on the West Boulder River near McLeod.

Emma had a lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. Although she never fulfilled this goal, she had a natural affinity for animals. She loved her red Angus cattle, and always took special care of any orphan calves. Until her late 70s, Emma always drove out to check on the cows, sometimes in very steep terrain, and always accompanied by at least one dog.

Emma was an accomplished baker and seamstress. One year, Emma and a friend made 26 snowflake and 26 candy cane costumes for her daughter’s dance class. Emma was never quite as enthusiastic about sewing after that.

When Orval decided to run for the State Legislature, Emma became a tireless campaigner. During the 18 years that Orval was in the Legislature, the couple made many lasting friendships. Emma enjoyed being part of the Legislative Wives (Spouses) group, which met during legislative sessions. She was always happy to come back home to the ranch.

Emma was active in several organizations; one of her favorites was the Big Timber Legion Auxiliary, in which she served as president.

Emma is survived by her daughter Kathi and son-in-law Kent Hanawalt of Shields Valley and 1825 Swingley Rd., McLeod 59052; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orval, in 1998, and was the last surviving sibling of the Elges family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Livingston-Park County Public Library, 228 W. Callender St.; Stafford Animal Shelter, 3 Boulder Business Park Rd.; or to an organization of the donor’s choice.