Marion Snapp Skorupa

Ninety-three years ago Marion Snapp Skorupa was born to William and Ruth Snapp in Spokane, Wash., and was raised on the family ranch northwest of Lewistown. Marion attended a country school through the eighth grade, then graduated from Fergus County High School in 1940. Her siblings were Bill Snapp (Hilda), Lu Barney (Meredith) and Mable Stingley (Lawrence).

She enjoyed college at Montana State in Bozeman. Her studies were interrupted for a two-year stint in the Waves, the women’s part of the Navy, during WWII. She worked in a hospital lab in Pennsicola, Fla. She really enjoyed this experience. She was proud to be a veteran. In 1947 Marion graduated with a Bachelors of  Science in home economics. Marion taught home economics in Havre for two years. From 1948-1952 she loved being the Carbon County Home Demonstration Agent.

 While attending a New Years Eve dance in Red Lodge Marion met Bill Skorupa of Bridger. They married Oct. 1, 1950 and moved to a farm northeast of Bridger. The years were filled raising three children, Rhua Lee, Will, and Don, being a 4-H leader, gardening, canning, yard work, being active in the community, then supporting grandchildren in their school and sports activities. She enjoyed outside flowers, taking pictures, the mountains, and traveling, including a trip to India.

Marion was a member of the American Association of University Women, Bread for the World, and Billings Home Economics Assoc. She was active in the United Methodist Church, holding UMW offices in the district, and state, and attended national conferences.

Marion passed away from a stroke Oct. 24  at Red Lodge Cedar Wood Health Care where she resided the last five years. The family appreciates their kindness and caring. She donated her body for medical research and education. She is survived by  her husband, Bill, who still resides on the family farm, Rhua Lee-Boise (Lee Gibbs, formerly of Buffalo, Mont.), Will and Don (Linda), 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the Bridger United Methodist Church.

There will be a Celebration of Life with sharing of memories this Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11 at the Bridger Methodist Church.

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