|Birth: ||Oct. 24, 1916|
|Death: ||Oct. 10, 1998|
Annabel R. Gross, a well known Bigfork western artist of Montana ghost towns, died Saturday, October 10, 1998, at Brendan House in Kalispell, of natural causes.
She was born October 24, 1916, in Seattle, to John and Myrtle Goss Hallson. She grew up and received her early education in Seattle, graduation from Hallson High School. She attended Commercial Art School in Seattle, and then began working for Francis Wright, a maker of specialty candy boxes. She designed fancy boxes for various west coast candy makers as well as for Brown & Haley.
Art, particularly water color and oil painting, always was a passion for her. A stickler for detail, she perhaps was best known for her paintings of the several historical ghost towns throughout Montana. With the persistent ravages of time, elements and development, some of her paintings stand among the few records remaining of particular buildings and sites.
When not pursuing her own art interests, she could often be found teaching and encouraging others in their artistic efforts. She taught art privately and publicly at her home and elsewhere such as at Bigfork High School, Flathead Valley Community College and the Village Square Art Cultural Center. As an early member of the Village Square Board of Directors, she was a champion of the founders original vision of a showcase for local artists.
She was a charter member of the Montana Watercolor Society and was among the first exhibitors and continued doing so, for more then a dozen years at the Spokane Museum of Native American Culture Art Show. She especially enjoyed exhibiting each year at the Bigfork P.E.O. Art Show. More then one nationally known western artist considered her to be among the best watercolorists in Montana. It was a cruel twist of fate that a virus quietly evolved into sight-robbing glaucoma, stealing much of her precious vision in recent years.
As passionate as she was about art, she also threw herself into other interests with equal zeal. She was a charter member of the Flathead Calley Sports Car Club in the mid-70's, enjoying tours and rallying in her AH Sprite and F.I.A.T. OSCA.
In the mid 1950s, she helped organize and produce various talent shows and programs at the Swan River Community Club. She always was a strong supporter and enthusiastic participant in home extension clubs and projects. Perhaps one of her most favorite activities was her involvements in the Puttering Potters Ceramics Club, which still meets regularly after more then 30 years. After Creating the club with a handful of eager house and farm wives, she said she always was pleased to see the same inherent talent the women displayed in their cooking and homemaking efforts reflected in their clay and glaze creations.
For some sever years, she was a well-known and anticipated Avon salesman in the Bigfork area, earning several awards for her marketing accomplishments. But she often said making a sale was incidental to simply visiting with and looking on her "regulars." She was active in the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as worthy matron of the Flathead Lake Chapter No. 128 in Bigfork.
Back in 1914, while still in Seattle, she found herself unwillingly going out on a blind date with an equally reluctant Naval aviation machinist's mate, a handsome, blond, cowboy from Montana. She and Don Gross this summer celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. Immediately following World War II until 1954, the couple operated a cattle ranch between Valier and Dupuyer. Along with her husband, she always enjoyed good horseflesh and as a young girl herself had a five-gaited American saddle horse, Pet, with whom she effectively competed in amateur dressage. The financial restraints of the Depression, however, kept her from her serious competition. She had lived in the Swan River area with her husband, Don, and family for 43 years.
She is now survived by her husband, Don, at their family home in Bigfork; two sons, Lynn Gross and wife, Terry, and Guy Gross and wife Becky, all of Bigfork; four grandchildren, Emilie, Ward, and Chris Gross and Steve Delmere.
Memorial services were held at 3 P.M. on Friday, at the Bigfork Masonic Lodge, with a short ritualistic service conducted by Flathead Lake Chapter 128, OES.
The family had suggested memorials be sent tot he Bigfork Quick Response Unit, Bigfork, MT 59911 or to the Bigfork Masonic Lodge scholarship fund for High School Students, P.O. Box 628, Bigfork, MT 59911.
Cremation and arrangements were under the direction of Johnson Mortuary & Crematory. Both hers and her husband's ashes will be scattered in their favorite place.
William Donald Gross (1914 - 2001)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Created by: Joan Gross
Record added: Jan 28, 2011
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