Oleson

March 30, 1928 — Oct. 10, 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020
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Betty Jean (Dailey) (Staub) Oleson passed away on Oct. 10, 2020, at the age of 92 in Bozeman with her daughters by her side.

She was born in Livingston, Mont., on March 30, 1928, to Arthur and Opal Dailey. She grew up on the Dailey Ranch and was schooled in a 1-room country school outside Emigrant, Mont., which was built by her father and still stands today. Betty attended high school in Livingston and graduated from Park County High School in 1944. After graduation she moved to Ogden, Utah, where she worked in civil service at the military base during World War II.

On June 29, 1946, Betty married Arthur Staub and moved to a ranch on the Stillwater river in Absarokee, Mont. Betty and Art built a life on the Stillwater working the ranch and raising two daughters Kandi and Pam. She was always full of energy and determination, working tirelessly, up at dawn feeding and milking cows, working the hay fields, keeping a huge vegetable garden, irrigating pastures, landscaping and taking care of our every need.

While working those long hours, she also managed to sew for her girls, attend all their school events, take that long drive to Billings every week for piano lessons and cook wonderful Sunday and holiday dinners for friends and family.

In 1967, Art lost his life to cancer and Betty lost her companion of 21 years. In 1969, she married Gil Oleson and for the first time in many years was able to stop working those long ranch hours. Betty and Gil were able to travel, meet many wonderful people, entertain, and spend their winters in California until 1976, when Gil passed away from cancer.

Despite having to say a final goodbye to loved ones and lifelong dear friends, Betty has always looked for the positive and kept moving forward. She continued to live in California in the winter for a few years then left California behind for Arizona. For the next 30 years, Betty spent her summers on the Stillwater River in Absarokee and her winters in Mesa, Ariz., with her many snowbird friends.

Betty’s joy in life came from spending time with her family and many wonderful friends in Montana and Arizona, being part of the Absarokee Lutheran Church family and her daily lunches at the senior center. She loved to entertain and looked forward to summer evenings on the river with her dear friends and a glass of wine.

We were fortunate to bring all her family together this summer where she met for the first time her great-great granddaughter Paisley, the 5th generation. There are no words to truly express how she has touched our lives and how much we will miss her.

She is survived by her daughters, Kandi Davis-Povah (Terry) and Pamela Phillips; grandchildren Julie (Davis) McLaughlin (Doug), Justin Davis (Erinn); great-grandchildren, Logan Koenig (Ellie), Lane Koenig, Lindsay Koenig, Stella Davis, Gus Davis; step great-grandchildren, Landon Howald and Noah Howald and great, great-granddaughter, Paisley Koenig.

Memorials may be made to the Absarokee Lutheran Church, Absarokee Senior Center or the Special K Ranch. No service will be held at this time. A celebration of her life will be held next summer in Absarokee.