Mary Slagsvold

Thursday, November 18, 2021
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Mary Slagsvold, age 96, of Billings, formerly of Glendive, passed away on November 15, 2021 at her home in The Legacy in Billings with her family by her side.

Mary was born on September 5, 1925 in Glendive, Montana, the daughter of Patrick and Jane McGovern and youngest of seven children. The family lived on their homestead south of Lindsay, where she attended Valley View School. When the school closed, she attended school in Glendive, graduating from Dawson County High School in 1943.

In March of 1945, Mary and Leonard Slagsvold were wed. They made their home north of Lindsay, where they raised registered Herefords until 1978, when they moved to Glendive. She loved working various jobs, the latest in healthcare, proud to hold a CNA license. She worked until age 85, when she moved to Billings for health reasons.

Mary was a social butterfly with lots of friends. Her family always came first and they loved and respected her as an independent, strong woman. She had an unwavering faith in God and was active in the Lutheran church. She had a great sense of humor and as a member of the McGovern clan, loved to dance and have fun. She was never idle, her favorite hobbies were sewing, gardening, antiques, weaving and traveling.

She is survived by one sister, Helen Granmoe and three children: Linda Lange (Don) of Billings, Kenny Slagsvold (Carol) of Lindsay and Shellie Ehrmantraut (Bob) of Billings, daughter-in-law Diane Slagsvold of Billings; her grandchildren: DeEtte Thoen, Trever Lange, Casey Lange, Leigh Gipe, Evan Slagsvold and Kevin Ehrmantraut; stepgrandchildren Justin, David and Dean Ehrmantraut; several great-grandchildren; great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, son Stuart Slagsvold, ex-husband Leonard Slagsvold and sisters Elaine, Ruth, Grace, Lucile and brother Gerald.

A Memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, in Glendive, MT, on November 22, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. followed by a luncheon.

We want to thank and the staff at The Legacy and St. John’s Hospice for taking excellent care of Mom with compassion and love. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to St. John’s United Hospice, 2940 Rimrock Rd. Billings MT 59102, Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Grande Blvd., Billings MT 59105 or Zion Lutheran Church, 401 Riverview Ave, Glendive, MT 59330.