Violet Marie Lay

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Violet Lay passed away on Dec. 5, 2018 after 95 years on God’s good earth. She was born Violet Marie Ostle to parents William Nicholas Ostle and Marie Catherine Meinz on Aug. 10, 1923 in Broadwater County. The family ranch was on Beaver Creek near the Missouri River where Violet spent her early years.  She attended grade school at Beaver Creek and graduated high school in Townsend. One of her favorite memories of that time was riding bareback racing her three brothers to the emergency beacon in the Spokane Hills north of Townsend.  When the Canyon Ferry Dam was created in 1954, the family ranch was flooded, after which they purchased a ranch near Bynum, north of Choteau, Montana. 

While working in Billings as a waitress, Violet met George “Lester” Lay at a dance at the VFW Hall.  They were married on June 10, 1950 and spent the next 60 years together.  From 1950 through 2005 they lived on the Lay Family homestead on Volney Creek. Her greatest passion on the ranch was her large garden and flowerbeds and received many compliments from visiting neighbors. She was a welcoming person and always had a pot of coffee and fresh baked goods for the neighbors when they stopped by. 

For health reasons, Violet and Lester moved to Red Lodge in 2006. After 55 years on the ranch, Violet loved being in town. She was very social and took daily walks up town with her dog Cubby. She continued her love of gardening and took great pleasure in showing off her flowers to all who came by, whether they wanted to see them or not.  Violet loved the summer activities in Red Lodge and joyfully attended many of the events. She became well known to the local residents and had many friends. Every Sunday, Violet looked forward to going to church in Luther and especially enjoyed Pastor Bob’s weekly sermon.  

Her greatest joys in life were her two grandsons, Jordan and Garrett.  She rarely missed a sporting or school event, and especially loved basketball. She loved baking goodies for Garrett when he would come over after school, and he spent many nights with her in town after late night games. Up to her last days she continued to always ask, “how are the boys?”  

Violet was preceded in death by her son Billy, her husband Lester, and her three brothers, Henry, Marion, and Percy.  She is survived by her son Gary [Laurie] Lay of Roberts, grandson Jordan [Allie] and great-granddaughter Zoe of Midland, Texas, and grandson Garrett who is currently serving in the United States Navy and stationed in Hawaii. 

Violet’s funeral services will be held at the Luther Community Church on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. A private family internment will be held at a later date.  

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