21 Crum, Marie Obit
On February 20, 2021 at 100 years of age, Marie Louise (Bainter) Crum was called home to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior. Marie was born on July 27, 1920, the first of seven children born to Clyde and Nina Bainter of Big Timber, Montana. She was affectionately known as Ree. She lived through two pandemics, scarlet fever and she had polio at the age of eight which tried to disable her but she would have none of that! She learned to play the piano, the guitar and even tap dancing. Being the oldest and loving the outdoors, Mom would help her dad and grandpa as much as she could. She ran the horse drawn buck rake during haying and loved the summer trips to the Crazy Mountains to get the winter supply of firewood. Her brothers and sisters had a great time exploring the mountain trails, picking huckleberries and getting into mischief. As Mom got older, she loved helping skid the logs out with the team. One time when she was a teenager, her dad forgot to come and pick her up in Big Timber after school, so she walked the 17 miles home. She got caught out in a bad lightning storm and consequently had a great fear of lightening after that. She would always remind us to take cover, stay away from the windows and don’t’ talk on the phone during a lightning storm!
After graduating from Sweetgrass County High School, she enrolled in a secretarial course at the Great Falls Business School. After graduating, Marie and her friend Betty hitchhiked their way to Washington state and worked in a fruit industry. At the beginning of World War II, Marie returned to Big Timber and was employed at the ration office. She met her future husband George Crum at a dance. They were married March 9, 1945. The couple made their home on the family ranch at Melville. They raised their six children on the ranch. She taught herself to cook and excelled at it. Marie always had a large garden, and the shelves were filled with her home canned goods. She loved flowers especially roses and had a special artistic eye for decorating, flower arranging and sewing. The family moved to the Sarpy area in 1964 and continued ranching. She loved helping with the ranchwork.
Marie lived her last 2 ½ years at the Big Horn Senior Living in Hardin. She would not have made the choice to spend her last years there, but as usual she won the hearts of those around her with her quiet way, sweet smile and the hand squeeze and thank you to show them how much she appreciated them. We are thankful to all the staff at BHSL who took such good care of Mom during her stay there and of her family this last week.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents Clyde and Nina Bainter, her husband George, her daughter Mary Lynn Crum and son James Warren Crum and her siblings, Ray, Adeline, Jack, Don, Barb and Lynn.
Marie is survived by Ronald (Stephanie) Crum, Carol (Allen) Betts, Gail (Sid) Betts and Debbie Crum Hamilton; 18 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 17 great great grandchildren with three on the way; numerous nephews and nieces and many friends she gather throughout her lifetime.
If friends should desire, donations may be made to the Big Horn County Senior Living Center Resident’s Fund at 200 N. Mitchell Ave. Hardin, MT, the Big Horn County Museum 1163 3rd St East Hardin, Montana or charity of your choice.
Graveside services will be held Thursday February 25, 2021 at 1:00 at the Sweetgrass County Cemetery in Big Timber, Montana. Bullis Mortuary is entrusted with the arrangements.