July 30, 1926 — Oct. 25, 2019
Thursday, November 7, 2019
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Ellen Amelia Mouat Langston was born on July 30, 1926, and passed away on Oct. 25, 2019, at the age of 93.

She was born in a one-room cabin in Rancher, Mont., on Pease Bottom to Lena Peterson Mouat and Jeremiah James Mouat, the fifth of six children and the only girl with five brothers.

She attended school in Rancher, Meyers, and Hysham, graduating from high school in 1944.  She was a model student and a majorette at Hysham High School.  Ellen attended the University of Montana attaining a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1948. While at the UM, Ellen was on the drill team and a member of the Alpha Phi sorority.

Upon graduation from the UM, Ellen worked as a reporter for the Bozeman Chronicle and then went on to report for the Billings Gazette.  While at the Gazette, she met Jim Langston and they were married in 1951.

Their eldest son James was born in 1953. After a few years working in Billings, they decided to take a big chance and bought the Beartooth Dude Ranch in Nye in 1956 with her brothers, Bill and John and their families.  Their youngest son, Radford came along in 1960.

They ran the ranch for 40 years as a guest and backcountry outfitter operation making numerous friends and touching the lives of countless guests and employees.  The “ranch” was beloved by many and was a one of a kind place to raise a family. Ellen and Jim continued to live at the “end of the road” for their remaining years in the Stillwater Valley.

Ellen possessed a kind, gentle nature and was very gracious in her dealings with those she met. She had a deep love for animals and could often be seen followed by or attending to at least one of them. Over the years, she had many horses that she cared for and loved, inspiring love for animals in others.  She had a knack for matching horses to riders at the ranch with most of those matches resulting in a lifelong bond between horse and rider.

Ellen became a huge football fan later in life. She enjoyed both college and professional games, especially her alma mater the Montana Grizzlies. With a sharp memory and intellect, she could talk about players and cite their statistics in the Big Sky Conference and NFL in a manner that rivaled many professional sports commentators. As a journalist, Ellen always kept abreast of the news. Her insight and commentary were always sharp and well informed.

When Ellen and Jim moved out of their house, she needed some assistance. She first found it at Cedarwood Villa and then at The Willows Assisted Living in Red Lodge.  She was treated with care, love, and respect at both places.  Over the last few years, at The Willows, Ellen lived a very contented life and developed a number of deep friendships.

Ellen is survived by her sons, James( Kathryn) of Nye and Radford (Donna) of Red Lodge; grandchildren Jessica Blasey (Chuck) of Fairbanks, Alaska, Jamie Carpenter of Buffalo, Wyo., Jeremiah Langston of Helena, Mont., and Lilian Langston of Columbia Falls, Mont.; Great-grandchildren Sheridan and Hadley Blasey, Acton, Owen, Sebastian, Quincy, and Sawyer Carpenter; Brother Donald Mouat of Hardin, Mont.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jim, brothers James, Douglas, William, and John Mouat.

We love you and miss you mom.  Your love and graciousness touched many lives.  We will keep you in our hearts forever.

A memorial service is planned for Nov. 16, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Nye Community Church. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Beartooth Humane Alliance or the Nye Volunteer Fire Department.