Thursday, March 22, 2018


Marjorie (Marty) was born June 30, 1929, in Helena, a daughter of Edward and Marjorie Gibson Olsen. She received her education in Helena and upon high school graduation was employed by Montana State Telephone & Telegraph Co.
She married Lars Stene on June 27, 1951, in Columbus, Mont., where Lars operated the family farm on Flaherty Flat. They were blessed with two sons Lanny and Greg. Marty’s adopted sister Sherry also became a member of the family when her adoptive parents died.
She combined being a homemaker with a business career. She was employed as a bookkeeper at Art Butler Chevrolet and when that business closed she was hired in the Clerk & Recorders office as a bookkeeper and also became Deputy Clerk & Recorder. She was appointed Stillwater County Assessor in 1988 by the county commissioners and ran for the office in 1990, retiring in 1995 and was the last elected Assessor in the county as the Department of Revenue took over the office.
The family attended St. James Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, Bible School, served three council terms, was active in Alter Guild and sang in the Choir for 50 years.
Her greatest pleasure in life was her family. Both boys were athletes and she attended every game they played in as well as their other events. She loved helping people and was known for the homemade rolls she delivered around the town to her friends. She adored her three beautiful grandchildren; Trevor, Hannah and Shauna Stene.
She was a member of Flaherty Flat Home Demonstration Club and worked very hard to keep it going. She also enjoyed bridge clubs and the many friends she played with.
She was preceded in death by her parents Marjorie and Edward Olsen, step mother Emma and her loving husband Lars.
She is survived by her two sons Lanny (Yvette) of Maricopa, Ariz., Greg (Norma) of Billings, grandchildren; Trevor (Kayla) Stene of Missoula, Hannah Stene of Seattle, Shauna Stene of Billings, great grandson Isaac of Missoula and sister Sherry Olson of Aurora, Colo.
Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at St. James Lutheran Church in Columbus, Mont., with burial in the Mountain View Cemetery in Columbus.
The family would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to Meadowlark Assisted Living and Riverstone Hospice for their loving care.
Smith Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.