|Birth: ||Nov. 25, 1909|
|Death: ||Jul. 20, 2006|
Myrtle Edna (Pavey) Verwolf passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2006, in the comfort of her daughter's home where she has received loving care for the past six years.
She was born on November 25, 1909 in Maudlow, Montana and raised on a homestead up Sixteen Mile Creek north of Maudlow. She had very fond memories of these childhood years, which she recorded in the book she authored in 1993, "Montana Will Be My Home". She had the honor of her book being accepted into the National Daughters of the American Revolution Library in Washington, D.C. in 2004. She retained all the qualities of a true pioneer woman throughout her life. She was a very enterprising and tenacious woman, having learned responsibility, dependability, and integrity at a young age. She always gave of herself to help others and has touched the lives of many.
Myrtle graduated from Belgrade High in 1928 and attended State Normal College in Dillon, graduating in 1930. Later, she took correspondence courses to obtain her Montana Elementary Life Teaching Certificate in 1936. She began her teaching career at Dry Creek School in 1930, and the following year taught at Ophir School up the Gallatin Canyon (1931-32). This was the year she met her husband and was married to Ira Cornelius Verwolf on December 16, 1932 in Livingston, Montana. They lived for eight years in the Gallatin Canyon where her husband worked as a pack trip guide for the 320 Ranch. In 1940, they purchased the "Old Stone Church" place (now the historical site of the Gallatin Valley Female Seminary School) outside of Manhattan. They rented out the land for a couple of years while living in Gallatin Gateway, and then moved onto the property in 1943.
Myrtle spent the next 25 years raising five children and working the ranch, which included milk cows, sheep, alfalfa fields, chickens, horses, and a menagerie of other small animals her children would talk her into keeping. She was active in American Legion Auxiliary and held several offices; becoming an honorary lifetime member with 59 continuous years of service. She was a leader of the American Legion Junior Auxiliary using her leadership and teaching skills to guide and direct the young girls in this organization. Her serving nature and craft abilities were useful all her life. In those days Manhattan State Bank gave dolls to community members to dress, and then the beautifully dressed dolls were given to children at Christmas. Myrtle always designed a beautiful outfit and proudly returned her doll to the bank, and, more often than not, won awards for the best dressed doll. She delighted her children and grandchildren with homemade items at Christmas, and her children will always remember how she could create something out of almost nothing, from blocks of wood into doll house furniture, or old inner tubes into summer sandals. In later years she crocheted afghans for all her grandchildren and participated in craft shows in Libby and in Hamilton. In addition to her beautiful crochet work, she enjoyed crafts of all kinds, including beadwork, plastic canvas, embroidery, etc.
She returned to work as a school teacher in Manhattan in the fall of 1956, and then taught two years in Belgrade, then a year in Anceny. In 1961 she started cooking at the dormitory at Montana State University in Bozeman, retiring in 1972. She truly enjoyed the fun and camaraderie of the staff at MSU and often joked about things they had done. After retiring from MSU, she continued working as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring from that in 1977. In 1980 Myrtle decided to move to Libby next to her daughter, Lena, and lived there for three years, then moved to the Bitterroot, where her daughter Alice resided. She lived five years at the Bitterroot Manor in Hamilton, then fourteen years at Meadowbrook Court Apartments in Corvallis before moving in with her youngest daughter, Joanne. Myrtle lived a long, full life and was respected and admired by many. She brought joy to those who knew her, and her strength and stamina were truly an inspiration to others. Her grandchildren often referred to her as "Super Granny".
Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Anderson and Aurora Myrtle (Goss) Pavey; her husband, Ira C. Verwolf; two brothers, Louie A. Pavey and James W. Pavey, and one sister, Grace E. (Biggs) Curdy.
She is survived by her five children, John J. (Jaunata) Wolf of Manhattan, MT; Alice Christensen Houston of Corvallis, MT; Lena J. (Don) Whitson of Libby, MT; Thomas E. (Mary Ann) Verwolf of Wolf Point, MT; and M. Joanne Perkins of Corvallis, MT; twelve grandchildren, Brent (Sandra) Christensen; Cory Christensen; Jason (Lita) Christensen; Amy Reed; Eric (Jessica) Christensen, Keith (Megumi) Christensen, Zane (Amy) Christensen; Joyce (David) Pereira; Justina Whitson; Tomina (Scott) Kinzie; LeRoy (Jody) Verwolf; Jon (Robin) LaFloe; and twenty great grandchildren, Seth & Andrew Christensen; Kristina & Jayme Christensen; Katelynn & Ashlee Reed; Taylor McKinny & Benjamin Christensen; Aaron & David Christensen; Natalie & Cassandra Christensen; Devon, Dakota, Dustin, Madison, Emily, Claire Kinzie; Chase Kelly; Garrett Wiley; and one sister, Bertha E. Hinshaw of Polson.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Marcus Daly Hospice Endowment Fund, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton, MT 59840, or the Bitterroot Humane Association, 262 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, MT 59840.
Joseph Anderson Pavey (1871 - 1952)
Aurora Myrtle Goss Pavey (1875 - 1950)
Ira Cornelius Verwolf (1892 - 1964)
Thomas Edward Verwolf (1945 - 2008)*
Louis Anderson Pavey (1895 - 1976)*
Grace Emily Pavey Curdy (1898 - 1986)*
James William Pavey (1901 - 1991)*
Myrtle Edna Pavey Verwolf (1909 - 2006)
Bertha Elma Pavey Hinshaw (1914 - 2012)*
Sunset Hills Cemetery
Plot: Lot No. 2, Block No. 45
Created by: Joanne
Record added: Dec 05, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23261385
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