Marian L. Talley Maltsberger was always one of those you could only wish to be. One of 13 children, she was born March 14, 1930, to Marie and John Talley.
After graduating high school, Marian attended college and met the love of her life, an Air Force man by the name of Jack Highlander Maltsberger. They married and had two sons, John and Jim. In 1953, Marian was widowed with her two boys. Jack was involved in an accident in the line of duty. She packed up, left Ellsworth Air Force Base and headed home.
Marian was head strong and had a heart of gold to back it up. She worked two and three jobs to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.
Both boys graduated high school, served in the Armed Forces, and retired. John, who served in the Navy, married Marilyn Grupp. Jim, who served in the Air Force, married Saundra Beaty. Jim and Sandy went on to have two girls, Melissa (Missy) and Jackie.
After both of Marian’s sons were off to their own, she ran into a long time family friend, Joseph E. Heigis. Joe gave Marian an offer she could not refuse. She spoke with her boys and made up her mind.
Marian sold her house on Timothy Street in Rapid City, S.D., and moved with Joe to Nye, Mont. They formed a corporation for their ranch, Midnite Canyon Ranch. They helped many people that crossed that old private bridge and did great at working the land.
She loved canning, ranching, fishing, decorating, cooking, reading, crocheting, knitting, cross stitching, needlepoint and quilting. She watched car racing, football and educational programming. She also did enjoyed listening to Paul Harvey and Rush Limbaugh.
Unfortunately, spring 2012, things took a turn for the worse, Joe had swelling and was diagnosed with cancer. He was not able to come home again. On Sept. 14, 2012, on their 40th anniversary, Joe passed.
Marian tried to make do, but it came to be too much. She made a decision to leave the ranch to Joe’s children. She, in October 2012, with the help of family, moved to Columbus. She was with her boys again. She could finally rest and take it easy.
Three and a half years later, on March 24, 2016, Marian went for her last walk among us. She will be forever loved and missed. Marian L. Talley Maltsberger’s legacy will live on.
Marian was preceded by her parents, three brothers, and two sisters. She is survived by six brothers, one sister, her two sons, two granddaughters and two great-granddaughters, Kiera and Cecilia.