|Birth: ||Feb. 25, 1915|
|Death: ||Apr. 9, 2011|
Ellen Terry (Mosier) Nottingham, 96, of Great Falls, a longtime teacher and advocate for education, died of natural causes Saturday, April 9, at her home. Cremation took place under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory. A celebration of her life is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton.
Ellen Terry Nottingham had seen a lot of changes in Chouteau County, Mont., and in the world since she was born 96 years ago on a homestead outside of Big Sandy, Mont., on Feb. 25, 1915. She grew up in tarpaper shacks on the dusty prairies, a child of early Montana homesteader-pioneers, who built their lives with grit and hard work. Ellen and her sister Zola traveled by horse and buggy 5 miles to school in Verona for the early grades. They went to the Carter School from sixth through eighth grade. In 1928, they started high school in Fort Benton. After high school, Ellen went to work at the courthouse during the 1929 Depression.
Ellen then married Hildia Wesley Nottingham in 1935, and raised a family. She always was supportive of her children, and encouraged excellence in fundamental and applied education, and sports. After her children were raised and graduated with high honors and went off to college, Ellen earned a Master's degree in education from Montana State College.
When her husband Wesley passed in 1976, she was determined to remain self-sufficient. She taught fourth grade at Fort Benton Elementary School and, in 1980, when a spinal aneurysm caused paralysis in Ellen's legs, it did not stop her from teaching. For more than 29 years, she educated hundreds of children, and retired in 1994, at the age of 79. Gov. Walter J. Hickel of Alaska recognized her contribution to educating Montana children. She was always an advocate, mentor, and friend of children and young adults, and took an interest throughout their lives.
After Ellen retired, she moved to the Sunrise Bluffs retirement home in Fort Benton. She loved to share with people her passion for history, current affairs and better food. Ellen would go on good weather "wheel-abouts" on the Fort Benton River Frontage Trail, in search of conversation. In her later years, she lived with family and continued her adventures in her home state of Montana. Quality of life was important, and her days were brightened by family and friends, and what she learned, what they shared and all that she knew to share. She lived life full and with purpose, a vital person to the end.
Ellen is survived by her sons, Dennis Nottingham of Alaska and Montana, and Dean Nottingham of North Carolina; a sister, Orma Roudebush of Montana; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Ellen was preceded in death by a son, Dale Nottingham; parents William and Minnie Mosier; and a sister, Monzola Vischer.
In lieu of flowers, the family feels Ellen would appreciate people extending an unselfish kindness. The song of the mead-owlark starts with giving anew.
Great Falls Tribune (MT), 10 Apr 2011
William Rynard Mosier (1894 - 1970)
Minnie Lloyd Ray Mosier (1896 - 1993)
Hildia Nottingham (1907 - 1976)
Dale Edward Nottingham (1942 - 1970)*
Monzola Lloyd Mosier Vischer (1913 - 1987)*
Ellen Terry Mosier Nottingham (1915 - 2011)
Created by: cara
Record added: Apr 21, 2012
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