Mary Ann Boyum was born May 28, 1944 in Ogden Utah to George and Jerry Boyum. She passed away July 1st, 2018 at Holy Rosary hospital after a brief illness. She joined a sister Paula in the family. Her family moved to McCone City after her father’s discharge from the Army. The next move was to Nashua and settled at Wiota, where brothers Larry and Terry joined the family. Before attending Nashua Schools, Mary Ann went to a one room country school for the First Grade where she learned the beautiful cursive she wrote with her whole life. She loved writing letters and always did so with a beautiful hand. She attended Nashua Grade School and High School until her marriage to Kenneth Tangen in June of 1961. They made their home in Billings Montana for about two years before returning to Ft. Peck to make their home. Melinda was born in 1962, Kelly in 1964 and LaRae in 1968.
Mary Ann went back to High School and got her diploma in 1972. She was very proud of that and enjoyed going to school with kids she had often babysat as a teenager. In 1977 Mary Ann and the girls moved to Miles City so she could fulfill her dream of becoming a cosmetologist. She had practiced on neighbors, and family for years, why not get a license? She attended Junes Beauty College in downtown Miles City. Often coming home with strangely colored hair and cuts, when someone in her class needed practice. Her girls were glad they were no longer the test models! She always kept her cosmetology license current even after she was a counselor. She used to say it was always a good idea to have a back-up job if something else didn’t work out. Shortly after graduating from Beauty College, she took a job at Pine Hills School as a Cottage Parent. It was during this time she became interested in counseling and began taking classes at Miles Community College. She earned her Associates Degree and later became a licensed Drug and Alcohol counselor. So, began her life’s legacy of helping others over the many years. She touched countless lives with her love, her humor and her generosity.
Mary Ann loved her part time jobs too. She was a natural born saleswoman. Over the years she sold Tupperware, Home Interiors and Gifts, Avon, and Creative Memories to name a few. Her favorite though was working at Murdoch’s during the Christmas season wrapping gifts and gabbing with everyone who came by the gift wrap table. In the spring she worked in the greenhouse with the plants and gabbed with everyone who came by to get plants! Whenever there was a fundraiser for her grand kids, she’d take the flier to coffee and sell like crazy. She enjoyed gardening, scrapbooking, making homemade cards, writing letters, playing pinochle, crocheting, embroidery, canning and cooking. Her potato salad was the requested item at every family gathering.
She was a proud patriotic American. She was a member of the VFW and the Eagles Club for many years and always wore a poppy on Remembrance Day. Many friendships were forged over a cup of coffee and a smoke. She never knew a stranger. She had a beautiful smile and an infectious laugh. She encouraged people and made them feel good about themselves often in the worst times of their lives. She was a wonderful mother, friend, grandma, and great-grandma. She was our champion, she will forever be missed. Whether you knew her as Mary Ann, Mary, M.A.W. or Mom, once she knew you, you were part of her “tribe”.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, George and Jerry Boyum, her sister Paula and infant daughter, her much loved Aunts; Gert, Anna Lee and Cecil, and her husband Wes Wells. She is survived by brothers Larry and Terry, her daughters; Melinda Tangen of Miles City, MT. Kelly Tangen (Hedge) of Denver, CO. LaRae Tangen of Mile City, MT. Her Grandchildren: Jerri Hogue, Erin Hedge, Garrett Hogue, Lauren Hedge, and Katelyn Matzen. Her Great Grandchildren: Preston, Alexa, Shelby and Alara; Nieces and Nephews: Lonnie Banks, Julie Solberg Franklin, Larry Solberg, Merrie Beth Golling, Naomi Boyum, Kathy Boyum Adkins, Raymond Boyum, Joe Boyum Great Nieces and Nephews, many friends and adopted “kids” she loved dearly. Matt and Randi Madsen, thank you for taking such good care of her.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Bible Church in Miles City. Interment will be held at a later date in the Riverview Cemetery in Circle. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Memorials may be made to: Trinity Lutheran Classical School, Grace Bible Church 3 and 1 or Wake up and Lace Up.