Mary was born in Maysdorf, Wyoming on November 26, 1921 to William J. and Gertrude (Thrush) Pettibone. She lived in Wyoming and Montana all of her 90 years of life. She married Forrest R. Gregg in Broadus, MT on April 7, 1944. She passed away about 7 pm on her 68th wedding anniversary. She had been in the hospital in Billings, MT for the past eleven days and was surrounded by her family. She wanted to "go home" and see "familiar faces", so she went in the ambulance back to the rest home in Jordan, MT, where she has resided for the past 14 months. She passed away about two hours after her arrival.
Mary and Forrest bought a ranch and moved from Gillette, WY to the Jordan, MT area in 1959 with their family. They resided at the family ranch north of Ingomar until Mary moved from the ranch to Melstone in 2001. She was an active member of the Montana Cowbelles in Jordan. When her children were of high school age she moved to Jordan and worked at local cafes and the high school dormitory until they all graduated, then she returned to the ranch. She liked gardening, knitting, crocheting, and baking and traveling. She also enjoyed teaching her granddaughters how to bake bread and embroidery as well as play cribbage with grandkids.
Mary is survived by two sons, James Gregg of Melstone, MT and Robert (Jacque) Gregg of Jordan, MT; one daughter Jane (Frank) Nelson of Miles City, MT; ten grandchildren: Jo Dee (Jake) Nelson Ridl of Dickinson, ND; Callie (Cody) Clark of Worden, MT; Cleve (Melanie) Gregg of Billings, MT; Jimi Lou (Fred III) Scheid of Bloomington, MN; Cindy Gregg Kotschegarow of Hutchinson, KS; Deana (Pat) Sinclair of Glasgow, MT; Darci (Curt) Wiley of Miles City, MT; Devin Gregg of Jordan, MT; DaLauna (Clint) Potts of Sand Springs, MT and Danielle Gregg of Jordan, MT. Mary also has fifteen great-grandchildren, Andrew and Nicholas Ridl, Aimee (Jason) Gregg Stark, Alex Moyer, Riley and Lynze Kotschegarow, Caleb Gregg, Cahill and Colt Clark, Forrest and Claire Potts, Jayde and Lincoln Wiley, and Shane and Logan Sinclair. Mary is also survived by one sister, Doris Jone's, of Miles City, MT; two special foster grandchildren- Erika and John Cremer of Jordan, MT and several nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband Forrest Gregg in April of 1976; by her parents William and Gertrude Pettibone; two brothers Walter and John Ivan Pettibone, three sisters Dora Pettibone (infant), and Alice Pettibone, and Betsy Ann Williams.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Jordan, MT. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Jordan, MT. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Garfield County Nursing Home. Burial will follow in the Pioneer Cemetery in Jordan. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www. stevensonandsons.com .