Mona L Nutting passed away Wednesday, May 22 at St John’s Transitional Care following a brief illness.
She was born May 23, 1929 to Chester and Katherine Hagen in Red Lodge. She graduated from Carbon County High in 1947 and the University of Colorado School of Nursing in 1952.
Mona married John Bone in 1953. They lived in Red Lodge and raised 3 children. Mona was a nurse at Carbon County Memorial Hospital and then Director of Nursing for 29 years.
She was one of the first nurses to fly on the rescue helicopter from St Vincent’s hospital. The helicopter would land at the hospital, pick her up and fly to the rescue site. She and John divorced and she later married Dick Nutting. She continued nursing, but also took on ranch duties and helped with the cattle. She “reclaimed” the field in front of the ranch house and turned it into a beautiful yard that she was very proud of. The row of lilacs along the driveway were a favorite of hers and we always hoped for great weather so they would fully bloom. Following her retirement, she ran for and was elected County Commissioner of Carbon County for two terms. During this time, she was very active in the Montana Association of Counties (MACo) and travelled to Japan for an economic exchange. She became the first woman elected President of MACo.
Mona loved everything outdoors. She played softball, tennis and golf. She didn’t just play, she competed. She was the club champion at the Red Lodge Elks Golf Course 5 times in the 1960s and played competitive golf until 2008. She was an excellent skier and had been on the ski patrol, but was most pleased when she earned her “white pin” as a ski instructor. She did this while working full time at the hospital. She also loved to hike in the Beartooths. After she wasn’t able to do those active outdoor sports, she turned her attention to duplicate bridge and took regular lessons and played several times a week. Once again she loved tournaments, playing regularly in Billings and Bozeman and travelling to Denver and Palm Springs as well.
Mona was active politically and very outspoken in her beliefs. She supported and volunteered for many Republican candidates and wanted a better future for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mona was an active member of Chapter AS, PEO, served on the finance committee at the Laurel Golf Club, was a past member of the Agricultural Land Valuation Advisory Committee, a past member of the Yellowstone County Mental Health Board, a volunteer at St Vincent’s Hospital and a member of Messiah Lutheran Church.
Mona was preceded in death by her mother and father, her husband Dick Nutting and an infant brother, Richard. She is survived by her sister Janet (Roy) Canfield of Denver, 4 children, Howard (Janet) Elliot of Centennial, Colo., Mickey (Randy) Moret of Bozeman, Kelly (Bob) Miner of Red Lodge and Pat Bone of Billings, 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Her best friend and companion, Zoe, will miss her.
“When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom filled room, why cry for a soul set free?
Memorials can be sent to Montana Rescue Mission, PO Box 3232, Billings, MT 59103-3232, St. John’s Lutheran Homes, 3940 Rimrock Road, Billings, MT 59102 or the charity of your choice.
Memorial service will be Friday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, corner of Colton and Rehberg. Cremation has taken place. Smith Funeral Chapels is assisting with arrangements.