Elisabeth Hungerford, beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grand and great grandmother, aunt and friend of many passed away at the age of 94 on June 2 at Beartooth Manor in Columbus.
She was a 70-year resident of Columbus and was very proud to say this. She was born in Metz, France on March 5, 1922, to Bernard and Josephine Natus.
The peaceful, carefree life in France was enjoyed until June 18, 1940, when the German Nazi forces captured Metz. From that day on, the French language was forbidden in the streets, only German was to be heard. German occupation of Metz would last until November, 1944, when General Patton’s Third Army would liberate Metz.
Serving under Patton was a young American soldier from Rapelje, Mont., by the name of John Hungerford. During a dance at a USO function, they met and began dating. Elisabeth was then working for the French army as a French/German interpreter (processing German POWs) but could not speak a word of English. John always kept his army issued French/English dictionary close to his vest. They were married on December 1, 1945. Elisabeth would follow her soldier home to Columbus where they made their home. She quickly adapted to our American lifestyle, learned our language and became a citizen.
Elisabeth is survived by son John (Linda) of Columbus, grandsons Jason of Mesa, Arizona, and JC (Christie), two wonderful great-grandsons Brayden and Hudson all of Buckley, Wash., her brother (Armand) of Metz and numerous nieces and nephews. We will all miss her dearly.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 45 years and daughter Yvette.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and active in the Columbus Homemakers and Columbus Garden Club.
Always a Cougar fan, she followed them closely through the years.
The family wishes to thank the devoted caregivers at Stillwater Billings Clinic, Meadowlark Assisted Living and Beartooth Manor. Their collective love and devoted care of Mom is greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Dr. Kane and his staff who cared for her and made her laugh.
Cremation has occurred and a memorial gathering will be announced at a later date.