|Birth: ||Mar. 20, 1930|
|Death: ||Mar. 21, 2008|
Mary Alice Breyer Myers passed away peacefully on March 21, 2008, with her daughter and granddaughter by her side. She fought so many times to hang on when her family begged her not to go... But there was dancing to be done in Heaven, and the Lord and her sweetheart called her home.
Mary came into this world March 20, 1930, the oldest daughter of Avon D. and Alice Bucy Breyer. She was born at her grandparents Bucy's home in Bayard, Neb. Her little sister Carolyn was born shortly before the family moved to Montana in the spring of 1934.
Mary remembered, "Jobs were hard to find and farming was not a way you could live on. My granddad Bucy had a flat bed trailer, nd they put a cabin on the back of it and came to Montana. If my memory is right, it took two weeks to get to Townsend."
The whole Bucy family had set out together to build a better life for each other. After settling in Townsend on what Mary called "the poor farm," Mary's brother Laverne and sister Susan were born.
Mary had so many stories about growing up in Townsend and had especially fond memories of her uncles John, Bob and Slim and aunts Nellie, June and Lois Bucy. Her grandparents were the center of her world, and she took their lessons in doing right by your family to heart.
In 1946, Mary left school to work and help her mother take care of her brother and sisters. Throughout the rest of her life, she never failed to admonish her children and grandchildren to get their education, for it is the one thing that can never be taken away from you.
The one and only love of Mary's life was James Irvin (Dee) Myers. "In the summer of 1947 at the Three Forks Rodeo at a dance is the first time I met and danced with Dee Myers. He was a cousin to my date and we danced a lot. Of course, back then I lived to dance."
It wasn't until Mary moved to Belgrade two years later and began working at The Mint and The Lounge that she and Dee began to date. They were married in St. Paul Church in Helena on Nov. 8, 1950.
"Then started the life of ours," wrote Mary. As all young couples do, they had busy years with jobs and raising a family. First, they lived in Menard, where Dee ran the grain elevator. Then they moved to Livingston to work in "the chicken business" before finally settling on Quaw Boulevard in Belgrade to raise their children: John Eugene, Sarah Jeanette, David Earl and Richard Paul.
"When the kids were all in school, I went to work for F.W. Woolworth. I left Woolworth and I worked in Belgrade at The Lounge then went to work for Bairs in Bozeman until 1968 when I went to work for Jerry at Columbia Paints and we opened the Fuller Paint Store on North 7th and was there until '81 when I closed it up."
In 1981, Mary went to work at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital and then for Same Day Surgery. She continued working until 1994, when she was injured and retired. From 1994 to 2005, her last job was the one she enjoyed more than all others: she took care of her great-grandsons Tom and Nate.
Dee was 29 years older than Mary, and she was a devoted wife throughout two decades of his failing health. After Dee passed on in June 1980, Mary continued the legacy of love and family they had built during their time together. As the years passed and her children grew up, started careers, and had children of their own, she was the unwavering example of unconditional love that connected them all.
Mary shined the brightest in her role as "Gram." Her own grandchildren and great-grandchildren remember her lively ways; riding their bicycles, skipping down the sidewalks with them, fixing her famous suppers and supporting their every dream. She taught all her family that "can't never did a thing," not letting them give up on themselves or each other. Countless others who became her "adopted" grandkids will remember her in the same fond way.
All who met Mary knew what a strong-willed, sometimes ornery, spirited lady she was. Her character and convictions were strong, even through in her final years failing health kept her confined to Mountain View Care Center, where she opened her heart and continued to grow her family.
Mary is survived by her brother, Vern, and sister, Susan, as well as her four children, eight grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren, with one more on the way.
John Myers lives with his wife Peggy in Antioch, Calif. Granddaughter Michelle Ferry lives in California with her sons, Zackary, Jonathon, Nicholas and David. Grandson John Myers lives in Germany with his son Michael.
Sarah Myers Weir lives with her husband Brad in Belgrade. Granddaughter Traci Field lives with her husband Clint and their sons Tom and Nate in Belgrade. Granddaughter Tami O'Neill lives with her husband Bill and their sons Jake and Will in Billings. Granddaughter Erin Dea Parker lives with her husband Tracy and their children Izaiah, DeaDea and Eveleana in Bozeman. Grandson David Weir lives with his wife Nancy and their son Nickolas in Belgrade.
David Myers lives in Broadus, Mont. Granddaughter Jana Smith lives with her husband Scott and their sons Christian and Rylan in West Virginia. Granddaughter Jamie Myers lives with her children Jameson and Indica in Texas. Richard Myers lives in Helena.
Mary also leaves behind her many dear friends at Mountain View, most especially Tess, Joyce and Martha.
In December 2001, we asked Gram to write her life story. She finished this way, "Every day I thank the Good Lord for giving me Dee and our wonderful family. We went through a lot, but we always had love and respect in our hearts for each other and others... I love you all more than life."
At Mary's request, a graveside service will be held at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bozeman.
James Irwin Myers (1901 - 1980)*
Sunset Hills Cemetery
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Record added: Mar 24, 2008
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Rest in peace.|
Added: Mar. 24, 2008